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#13: It's Important to Have a Dryer Sheet

February 1st, 2016 · 62 minutes

This week, Stephen and Jason catch up on Space X and Blue Origin news, wish Opportunity a happy 12th birthday and reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

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Links and Show Notes

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SpaceX fails a third time to land its Falcon 9 on a drone ship in the sea | The Verge
Polar orbit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blue Origin | Launch. Land. Repeat.
Blue Origin beats SpaceX to re-launching a reusable rocket | The Verge
Opportunity Mars Rover Marks 12 Years on Red Planet
Your Age on Other Worlds | Exploratorium
Mars Rover Opportunity Busy Through Depth of Winter | NASA
Opportunity (rover) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Opportunity mission timeline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Image Opportunity's heat shield and springs
11+ Years of Mars Roving in 8 Minutes | Time-Lapse Video - YouTube
Everything You Need To Know About The Deep Space Station NASA Has To Build By 2018
Habitat Concepts for Deep Space Exploration (PDF)
Mike Brown (@plutokiller) | Twitter How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming (9780385531108): Mike Brown: Books
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet | Caltech
Evidence found of a possible planet in the outer solar system.
Find Planet Nine
Liftoff #9: The Space Shuttle - Relay FM
NASA Day of Remembrance
'Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes' recounts space shuttle tragedy 30 years later | collectSPACE
An Oral History Of The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
President Ronald Reagan - Address on the Challenger Disaster - YouTube
The Challenger Disaster: CBS Evening News 1-28-1986 - YouTube
The Challenger Disaster (2013) (TV)
Richard Feynman and the Space Shuttle Challenger investigation