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Project Scientist for NASA’s Lucy mission Dr. Keith Noll | January 13, 2022

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In this episode of Cool Science Radio the guest is Dr. Keith Noll who is the Project Scientist for NASA’s Lucy mission. Lucy is a space probe on a twelve-year journey to eight different Jupiter Trojan asteroids. On October 16, 2021 NASA’s space probe LUCY successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Dr. Noll gives John and Lynn the latest updates on the mission.

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.