Each week, Planetary Radio visits with a scientist, engineer, project manager, astronaut, advocate or writer who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Host Mat Kaplan is joined by Planetary Society colleagues Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla. We hit the road now and then to produce a Planetary Radio Live show in front of an audience. Drop us a line or enter the weekly space trivia contest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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03/29/2017 | 47:09
- Nancy Atkinson, Editor, Universe Today
The longtime editor of outstanding online space news source Universe Today has just written about nine robotic missions of exploration in "Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos."
03/22/2017 | 34:49
- David Spencer, LightSail Project Manager, Georgia Tech
- Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
- Stephanie Wong, LightSail Engineer, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation
- Alex Diaz, Integration Contractor, Ecliptic Enterprises
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 solar sail spacecraft is ready to be packed away for its ride to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Mat Kaplan checks the mission’s status with team members.
03/03/2017 | 1:19:25
- Laura Delgado Lopez, Commercial Partnerships and International Strategic Account Manager, Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems Segment
Laura Delgado Lopez from the Harris Corporation joins us to talk about the growing number of countries getting into the space business, particularly in Latin America. Casey, Jason, and Mat also take stock of SpaceX's plans to send humans around the Moon in 2018, and how the newly-announced Trump budget cuts could hurt NASA.
03/01/2017 | 33:56
- Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The discovery of seven, Earth-sized planets in a nearby solar system was announced last week. Astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager joins us to share her excitement about this find that includes three planets in the habitable zone.
02/22/2017 | 1:38:52
- Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
- Paul Chodas, Manager, NASA NEO Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA
- Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
Leaders of the quest to find, understand and protect ourselves from the asteroids and comets called Near Earth Objects gathered with host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about this existential threat from space.
02/15/2017 | 52:45
- Rod Pyle, Space Historian and Author
Rod Pyle reveals bizarre yet fascinating space projects of the past in his new book. Pyle also exposes previously classified information about missions and spacecraft you thought you knew.
02/07/2017 | 33:41
- Rebecca Mickol, Ph.D. Student, University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas grad student Rebecca Mickol and her team have demonstrated that some Earth bacteria can survive in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars. Could Martian bacteria thrive under the same conditions?
02/06/2017 | 48:33
- Jason Callahan, Space Policy Advisor, The Planetary Society
- Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, The Planetary Society
- Mat Kaplan, Planetary Radio Host and Producer
It’s still too early to say where the Trump Administration will take NASA, but there are a few hints. Congress is not waiting. Casey, Jason and Mat review a draft of the space agency’s authorization bill and a separate act that asks NASA to lay out its plans for humans to reach Mars.