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Audio transcript, “Hubble Uncovers Smallest Moons Yet Seen Around Uranus.”

Audio transcript, “Hubble Uncovers Smallest Moons Yet Seen Around Uranus.” Includes interview segments with joint discoverers, Mark Showalter, Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and Jack Lissauer of NASA Ames. Recorded September 29, 2003, at NASA Ames


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  1. Question One: What is your position? (15 SECONDS)
  2. Question Two: Please tell us a little about these two additional moons discovered near the planet Uranus. (42 SECONDS)
  3. Question Three: What do these two new moons show us? (2:02 MINUTES)
  4. Question Four: What is your position? (9 SECONDS)
  5. Question Five: What is the background of the discovery of the two new moons that are orbiting around the planet Uranus?
    (2:35 MINUTES)
  6. Question Six:How was this discovery made? (1:50 MINUTES)
  7. Question Seven: What do these two newly discovered moons look like? (1:43 MINUTES)
  8. Question Eight:How many moons does Uranus have, and how does that compare to other planets in the solar system?
    (1:03 MINUTES)
  9. Question Nine: Please clarify what are regular moons that orbit around Uranus? (48 SECONDS)
  10. Question Ten: Why do the inner planets have so few moons compared to the outer planets? (46 SECONDS)
  11. Question Eleven: What is the significance of the discovery of the two moons? (40 SECONDS)
  12. Question Twelve: What roles do the Uranian moons play? (2:08 MINUTES)
  13. Question Thirteen: Does it make sense to send a spacecraft to land on a small moon so a long-term observatory
    can be established? (2:35 MINUTES)
  14. Question Fourteen: What are the names of the two newly discovered moons? (1:56 MINUTES)
  15. Question Fifteen: Do you know what names will be proposed? (2:25 MINUTES)
  16. Question Sixteen: Please tell us about the naming of the moon discovered by Erich Karkoschka? (30 SECONDS)
  17. Question Seventeen: Do you think more people will use the over exposure technique to look for more moons?
    (1:45 MINUTES)
  18. Question Eighteen: Is it possible some of the planets closer to Earth also have undiscovered moons? (3:03 MINUTES)
  19. Question Nineteen: A new space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is expected to be placed in Earth orbit
    sometime in the future. What will this new instrument mean to astronomers? (2:45 MINUTES)