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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12/16/2014 | 29:42
- Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT planetary scientist and astrophysicist Sara Seager is on a quest. She wants to find a warm, wet exoplanet with signs of life. It could be Earth 2.0.
12/09/2014 | 28:50
- Jason Davis, Digital Editor
- Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist, NASA
- Scott Thurston, Vehicle Integration and Launch Operations Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has taken its first step toward Mars and an asteroid mission. The Planetary Society’s Jason Davis was at the Kennedy Space Center for the December 5 mission.
12/02/2014 | 28:50
- Kip Thorne, Richard Feynman Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech
Spoiler alert. Famed physicist Kip Thorne says you might be able to survive a plunge into a black hole after all! That’s just one molecule of the fascinating science behind the science fiction film he helped create. We’ll talk about the movie and Kip’s new book, “The Science of Interstellar.”
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.
10/28/2014 | 28:50
- 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.
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.
10/14/2014 | 28:50
- Debra Fischer, Astronomer, Yale University
- Tyler McCracken, Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale University
It’s terribly hard to find exoplanets that look like our homeworld. The search requires development of astoundingly powerful and precise instruments. That’s the job Debra Fischer and her team have taken on.