Broadcast 2680 Hotel Mars with Dr. Kelly Fast

The Space Foundation Conference

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Guests: John Batchelor, Dr. Kelly Fast, Dr. David Livingston.  Topics:  Asteroid and comet hits on Jupiter.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program,  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF ( note that audio and transition issues are a result of copying the John Batchelor broadcast & are not within my control as they originate in the Batchelor studio.

John Batchelor and I welcomed Dr. Kelly Fast, program manager for the Near-Earth Object Observations Program in NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, to speak about the recent comet or asteroid strikes on Jupiter.  We asked Dr. Fast why these strikes were usually discovered by armatures, if a strike could be confirmed by either a comet or asteroid and why it mattered, and why Jupiter was hit so often by comets and asteroids. During our ten minute plus discussion, other questions were asked about Jupiter being a type of catcher's mitt for the solar system along with asking about the higher velocity for the strikes on Jupiter and just how long an item lasts in the Jupiter's upper atmosphere.

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Near-Earth Object Observations program & strike on Jupiter

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06 Apr 2016 John Batchelor, Dr. David Livingston, Dr. Kelly Fast
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