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Planetary Radio

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 planetaryradio@planetary.org.

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Recent Shows

A MESSENGER From Mercury—Principal Investigator Sean Solomon Returns

10/28/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Sean Solomon, Principal Investigator for MESSENGER, Columbia University

MESSENGER has been orbiting the innermost planet for more than three-and-half-years. Principal Investigator Sean Solomon returns with a status report as the mission enters its final phase.

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Miguel Alcubierre, Inventor of Warp Drive?

09/09/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • 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.

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Alyssa Rhoden and the Rise of the Europa Underground

11/25/2013 | 30:20

Guests

  • Alyssa Rhoden, NASA postdoctoral program fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center

Alyssa Rhoden studies Jupiter’s moon Europa…from a distance. She, many other scientists and millions of space exploration fans around the globe want to see a mission to this ice world that hides a vast, warm ocean. That’s why she and several colleagues have created Destination: Europa, and they want your help.

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Gregory and James Benford on the "Starship Century"

09/30/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Gregory Benford, Physicist and Science Fiction Author, UC Irvine
  • James Benford, Physicist and President of Microwave Sciences, Microwave Sciences

“Starship Century—Toward the Grandest Horizon” is the new collection of fact and fiction assembled by Gregory and James Benford. The brothers are among the leaders of a renaissance in research and thinking about interstellar travel. They have returned to Planetary Radio to talk about this story of human destiny among the stars.

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Can We Touch the Stars? Lou Friedman at the 100-Year Starship Symposium

09/23/2013 | 30:31

Guests

Only days after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, forward thinkers met in Houston, Texas to consider how humans can become a starfaring species. Planetary Society Emeritus Executive Director Lou Friedman reports from the meeting.

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Bleeding Edge--NIAC Chooses 12 New Out There Projects

08/12/2013 | 31:25

Guests

  • Jay Falker, Program Executive, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

They might be happy if one in ten of the projects they fund makes it in the real world…because that project just might change the world. We talk with Jay Falker, Program Executive for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about 12 crazy and not so crazy ideas that have just received early seed funding.

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Saving Science Education With Pamela Gay AND Creating the Blackest Black

06/10/2013 | 35:12

Guests

  • David Carnahan, President and Co-Founder, NanoLab
  • Pamela Gay, Astronomer, Astronomy Cast Co-host and CosmoQuest Principal, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A Planetary Radio double header includes a visit with CosmoQuest’s Pamela Gay. She and colleagues are working to replace vital federal funds for science education and citizen science programs. We also go to the dark side with David Carnahan of NanoLab, developer of carbon nanotubes that may help us discover Earth-like planets.

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Alan Stern's Golden Spike Sets Sights on the Moon

03/04/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Alan Stern is back to tell us about Golden Spike, his new company that plans to put human clients on the surface of the moon by the end of this decade.

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A Vacuum Cleaner on Mars

10/29/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics

It’s called PlanetVac, and it’s an amazingly simple way to collect a soil sample on Mars. Or on the moon. Or on an asteroid. We’ll learn about it from Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics.

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Astronaut Tom Jones at SETIcon

08/06/2012 | 43:01

Guests

  • Tom Jones, Astronaut, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Skywalker, scientist and author Tom Jones joins us in a fireside chat about Near Earth Objects and much more. Emily Lakdawalla tours the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland. Bill Nye the Science Guy put high value on the mission of Curiosity, the MSL Rover, even if it had not landed successfully. What’s Up in the night sky.

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