|Paul Belin, a business development manager from Columbia, MD
||Sabrina Fritz, an engineering student from St. Charles, MO
||Jeff Crosby, a youth ministry consultant from Rochester, NY (1-day total: $8,400)
If you didn’t notice, Jeff is seated. The post-game interviews are at the lecterns as well. Jeff mentioned on JBoard that this is due to degenerative back pain.
Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Final Jeopardy! category: ASTRONOMY
Final Jeopardy! clue: Its name means “fear”, & this moon orbits closest to a planet’s surface of any moon in the solar system
What is Phobos?
Paul 10400 + 2000 = 12400
Sabrina 10900 + 10899 = 21799
Jeff 14000 + 7801 = 21801 (2-day total: $30,201)
Watch out, you’re about to learn something! From NASA:
The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars.
Orbiting a mere 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the surface of Mars, Phobos is closer to its planet than any other moon in the solar system. Mars’ gravity is drawing in Phobos, the larger of its two moons, by about 6.6 feet (2 meters) every hundred years. Scientists expect the moon to be pulled apart in 30 to 50 million years.
“We think that Phobos has already started to fail, and the first sign of this failure is the production of these grooves,” said Terry Hurford of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The findings by Hurford and his colleagues are being presented Nov. 10, 2015, at the annual Meeting of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society at National Harbor, Maryland.
(contestant photo credit: jeopardy.com)
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