SPACE 4: 3 2 1 : Planet Money We've got a satellite. We got a rocket. We're heading to the launch pad.

SPACE 4: 3 2 1

Courtesy Orbital ATK.
Veni, vidi, vici.
Courtesy Orbital ATK.

It's launch day for the Planet Money satellite, POD - 1, and our intrepid Planeteers discover all the superstitions and complications of going to space. We eat the traditional pancake breakfast with the launch team. And we learn that the one time they did not eat pancakes, the rocket didn't make it to orbit.

That's not the only launch danger. Will Marshall, the CEO of our satellite partner Planet, always makes a speech where he lists what can go wrong (BOOM). But Will says taking risks is actually part of the business plan.

Even if POD - 1 does make it to space, there is one more obstacle. Actually, there are thousands of them. Little bits of space junk. How does a rocket and a satellite avoid them all? We visit the people who make sure we have a clear path to the heavens.

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