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Planetary Radio

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 Big Test for LightSail 2

05/24/2016 | 29:57

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Digital Editor, The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society’s solar sail spacecraft was in the middle of a critical test as we spoke with the Society’s Bruce Betts and Jason Davis.

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NASA’s Science Leader John Grunsfeld

05/17/2016 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA

John Grunsfeld closes our coverage of the Space Foundation’s 32nd annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. We also meet the leaders of the New Generation Space Leaders Program.

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Dream Chaser: The Return of the Spaceplane

05/10/2016 | 28:50

Guests

  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems

We’re back at Space Symposium for a conversation with SNC’s Mark Sirangelo, leader of that company’s effort to build the Dream Chaser. We’ll also hear a few moments of Bill Nye’s session at the annual gathering as he hosted Bernard Foing and Amy Mainzer.

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A Death Valley Conversation About Life, The Universe and Everything With Tyler Nordgren and Jill Tarter

04/26/2016 | 1:11:38

Guests

Beautiful Death Valley National Park was the setting for a fascinating conversation with famed SETI researcher Jill Tarter and celebrated astronomer, artist and photographer Tyler Nordgren.

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Exploring Europa and Mining Asteroids at Yuri’s Night

04/19/2016 | 41:05

Guests

Our special coverage from the Los Angeles Yuri’s Night party continues with Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources along with Bob Pappalardo and Boback “Mohawk Guy” Ferdowsi who are preparing an orbiter for Jupiter’s ocean world Europa.

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Michel Mayor, Discoverer of the First Extrasolar World

04/05/2016 | 39:41

Guests

Michel Mayor and his team rocked the astronomy world with their 1995 announcement, but this modest man says it was a discovery whose time had come.

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Ashwin Vasavada, Leader of Scientists Roving Mars

03/29/2016 | 38:02

Guests

  • Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The new Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist is not new to the mission. Ashwin Vasavada has worked on the Curiosity rover since 2004.

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Neil Gehrels and WFIRST—A Space Telescope for the 2020s

03/15/2016 | 35:30

Guests

  • Neil Gehrels, Chief, Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA has given the go-ahead for creation of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope. It might help reveal the nature of dark energy and point the way to life among the stars.

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NASA’s New Planetary Defense Office

02/02/2016 | 50:35

Guests

  • Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA
  • Kelly Fast, Astronomer and Manager of the Near Earth Object Observation Program, NASA

Lindley Johnson has just been named NASA's first Planetary Defense Officer. He's joined on this week's PlanRad by astronomer Kelly Fast, the new manager of the Near Earth Object Observation Program.

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Master of the Moon Rocks: NASA Astromaterials Curator Francis McCubbin

01/12/2016 | 38:18

Guests

Francis McCubbin is the new Astromaterials Curator at NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the priceless collection includes the Apollo moonrocks. Join host Mat Kaplan's visit.

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