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The Future of Human Spaceflight – A Public Forum

Louis D. Friedman • March 31, 2014 • 11

A panel of three former astronauts will discuss the future of human spaceflight at a public event at the California Institute of Technology's Beckman Auditorium, Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 8 pm.

The new Cosmos: Standing Up in the Milky Way

Emily Lakdawalla • March 10, 2014 • 78

My daughters liked the new Cosmos and want to watch next week. I thought it was a successful beginning for a long series, and I think it'll become a weekly viewing event for our family. I hope other families think the same.

That time I took a selfie with Neil Tyson and the President of the United States

Bill Nye • March 07, 2014 • 19

Last week, my fellow Board Member Neil deGrasse Tyson and I were invited to be presenters at the first edition of the White House Film Festival. Neil asked the President if we could take a selfie with him. In those few moments, the President, Neil, and I spoke about science and space exploration.

Mars 2020 Is No Redo

G. Scott Hubbard • January 28, 2014 • 9

The next major mission to Mars will push the technological envelope in way that preserves its budget and fulfills the scientific goals set by the planetary community for this decade.

A Note on the State of Planetary Science

Heidi Hammel • January 22, 2014 • 6

Heidi Hammel, the Chair of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Science, reacts to the recent budget news and the uncertain future for planetary science at NASA.

Planetary Radio: The Gemini Planet Imager

Mat Kaplan • January 14, 2014 • 1

It's very nice to infer the existence of planets circling other stars. It's even better to see them. This new instrument has just become the most powerful exoplanet viewer yet created.

Looking back at 10 years of imaging by the Mars Exploration Rovers (Video)

Emily Lakdawalla • January 03, 2014 • 5

As part of the Planetary Society's celebration of the Mars Exploration Rovers' ten years on Mars, Jim Bell and I got together to look back at and tell stories about some of the great images they took.

Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers

Mat Kaplan • December 24, 2013

This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.

Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces

Mat Kaplan • December 10, 2013 • 1

Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists.

Planetary Dirt Sampling Success

Bruce Betts • December 04, 2013 • 3

We present an update and a video about the successful design, construction, and testing in a vacuum chamber by Honeybee Robotics of a prototype PlanetVac system, a new planetary surface sampling technique, sponsored by The Planetary Society. PlanetVac is a reliable system that effectively vacuums up planetary surface materials.

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