Scratching the Surface

Fridays at 2:04pm
  • Hosted by Pete Hartman, Caitlin Ahrens
  • Local Host Caitlin Ahrens

Locally produced, this weekly segment deals with any and all of the latest information on activity in our Solar System. From the latest NASA mission and where it might land, to the composition of Saturn and other gas giants...you'll hear it all from "The Pluto Manager" - Caitlin Ahrens with the University of Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.

Scratching the Surface: Solar Storms

Jan 17, 2020

Put on your sunglasses and sunscreen as Caitlin Ahrens talks about the dangers that the sun presents to astronaut safety.  Between the solar flares and the radiation poisoning, they may need something stronger than aloe vera. 

Scratching the Surface: Lunar Oceans

Jan 13, 2020

What if the dark side of the moon was one big shady beach?  What if moons are the secret to discovering extraterrestrial life? 

On this installment of Scratching the Surface, Pluto Manager Caitlin Ahrens talks about the mystery of lunar oceans in our solar system and beyond.  

Scratching the Surface: What's Up With Miranda?

Dec 20, 2019

No, we aren't talking about Miranda Hobbes. 

On this installment of Scratching the Surface, Pluto Manager Caitlin Ahrens talks about one of Uranus' many moons.  Tune in to hear why Miranda continues to puzzle scientists, and what makes it so unique. 

Scratching the Surface: OSIRIS-REx Mission

Nov 27, 2019

On this installment of Scratching the Surface, the Pluto Manager talks about the OSIRIS-REx Mission to 101955 Bennu, a potentially hazardous asteroid that has been orbiting our sun for millions of years.  OSIRIS-REx is expected to return to Earth in 2023 with samples from Bennu, telling a story of our solar system's formative years. 

Scratching the Surface: Nakhlite Meteorites

Nov 22, 2019

On this installment of Scratching the Surface, Pluto Manager Caitlin Ahrens tells us about nakhlite meteorites from Mars. 

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