Aspirin/Cassini Mission

Mark Plummer/Co-author, The Aspirin Wars Senior Fellow, The Discovery Institute Seattle, Washington Michio Kaku/Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics City College of New York New York, New York Otto Raabe/President, The Health Physics Society Professor Emeritus of Radiation Biophysics University of California Davis, California Beverly Cook/Program Director Radio Isotope Power Systems Department of Energy Washington, DC In 1897, Felix Hoffmann, a German chemist working for Bayer, made the first aspirin. In this hour of Science Friday, we'll talk about the history of that little pill, and about its uses today. Plus, we'll take a look at NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn, at the risks posed by the plutonium on board, and at the malfunction that may delay the mission.



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