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Connector of the Day: Bill Nye

October 20th, 2009
01:53 PM ET

This has been a busy month in space with a host of discoveries and new projects by several nations.

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It kicked off when India launched a second satellite to study oceans. The cube-shaped Oceansat-2 will monitor the interaction between oceans and the atmosphere, as part of climate studies, according to the country's main space agency.

A few weeks later scientists at NASA discovered a nearly invisible ring around Saturn - one so large that it would take 1 billion Earths to fill it.

NASA then crashed a rocket and a satellite into the moon's surface in a $79 million mission to determine whether or not there is water on the moon.

And on Monday an international team announced that 32 planets have been discovered outside Earth's solar system through the use of a high-precision instrument installed at a Chilean telescope.

Luckily we have comedian, scientist and engineer Bill Nye on hand to explain all the latest developments. Send us your questions and we'll try to put as many as possible to Bill on Wednesday's show.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Katie Malone

    Mr. Nye, I used to watch your show in the early-to-mid nineties. Is there a comparable show these days that gets kids just as excited about science as your show did for me?

    October 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  2. Ronald Maira

    two questions please .

    1- where is africa placed on all this space progress. is there any african country moving close to even sending somthing to space.

    2 – where has research reached on getting energy from space to be used in our homes. are out of space power stations ever coming up

    October 21, 2009 at 4:58 am | Reply
  3. marilene

    is there water on the moon – and if so does this mean there is the possibility of life?

    October 21, 2009 at 9:18 am | Reply
  4. tobias rhoner

    do you believe in extra-terresrial life?

    October 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  5. ahmed

    Many people are predicting that we won't have a north pole in a matter of years. Are you pessimistic about the future of earth's survival? are we going to become a water planet?

    October 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  6. Jean from LA

    Do you believe we're going to see life on other planets or newly discovered planets at any point in the near future? If so, what form will this life take?

    October 21, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  7. Sayan Majumdar

    Will Solar Power emerge as the chief source of universal energy in the present century ultimately replacing fossil fuel?


    October 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  8. siyad hajir

    did you tried to the taste the water on the moon?

    October 21, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  9. Eric

    Will the Toronto Maple Leafs ever win a game this season?

    October 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Reply

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