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 email@example.com.
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02/17/2015 | 28:50
- Mark Sims, Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation, University of Leicester
The Beagle 2 Mars lander disappeared after it separated from the Mars Express orbiter on Christmas Day, 2003. Eleven years later, it has been found, partially-deployed on the Martian surface. Longtime Beagle 2 mission leader Mark Sims tells the story.
01/27/2015 | 28:50
The Planetary Society has just announced that LightSail will be launched into orbit on its first test flight in May. We’ll talk with Project Manager Doug Stetson and embedded LightSail reporter Jason Davis about what to expect.
12/30/2014 | 28:50
- Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
- Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
- Jason Davis, Digital Editor
- Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society
- Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
- Neil deGrasse Tyson, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
Our annual review of the greatest events and accomplishments over the last year features analysis and commentary by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Bruce Betts, along with a special new year’s gift of Neil deGrasse Tyson.
12/23/2014 | 28:50
- Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Boulder
Not just the air. Where is the water that was plentiful on the red planet billions of years ago? MAVEN may help answer these questions. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky reports on the early, exciting science data.
11/25/2014 | 28:50
- Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor, European Space Agency Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration
Not just landed. Orbited, too. European Space Agency Senior Science Advisor Mark McCaughrean helps us celebrate the Rosetta orbiter and the Philae lander.
11/18/2014 | 28:50
- Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cassini is safe! Project scientist Linda Spilker returns with a regular update on Saturn, its moons and rings not long after learning that the mission is funded through its 2017 plunge into the planet.
11/11/2014 | 28:50
- Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics
If there’s life on Mars, it’s probably deep beneath the surface. That’s just one reason we need a tool like Planetary Deep Drill on the red planet and other mysterious worlds around our solar system. Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny introduces us to the innovative prototype.
11/04/2014 | 28:50
- John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
It was a terrible, tragic week for commercial space development. Historian and space policy analyst John Logsdon helps up understand the greater meaning of the SpaceShipTwo and Antares disasters on this special edition of Planetary Radio, with additional thoughts from Bill Nye.
10/21/2014 | 28:50
- Ilse Cleeves, Ph.D. student, University of Michigan
Ilse Cleeves is lead author of a paper that concludes up to half of our solar system’s water is older than the solar system itself. The implications for life across the galaxy are profound.
09/09/2014 | 28:50
- Miguel Alcubierre, Theoretical Physicist, Nuclear Sciences Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Inspired by Star Trek, distinguished physicist Miguel Alcubierre developed the general relativity-based model for warp drive 20 years ago. Hear why he doubts it will ever be a reality, and learn about his current research on gravitational waves.