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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

Digging Deep With Kris Zacny and the Planetary Deep Drill

11/11/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • 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.

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A Conversation With Congressman Lamar Smith

09/30/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

The Chairman of the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives joins us for a talk about planetary science, Europa, a human flyby of Mars and much more.

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Alan Stern and a Big Milestone on the Way to Pluto

08/26/2014 | 28:50

Guests

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

New Horizons passed through the orbit of Neptune on August 25th. By cosmic coincidence, this was the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2’s flyby of that big, blue world. We catch Principal Investigator Alan Stern right after a celebration in Washington.

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Journey to the Center of Jupiter: Creating Fantastic Pressure With the World’s Largest Lasers

08/19/2014 | 29:52

Guests

Physicist Gilbert "Rip" Collins of the Lawrence Livermore National Lab will tell us about recent use of the world’s most powerful lasers to recreate conditions at the cores of giant planets.

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Planetary Radio Live: The LightSail Countdown Begins!

07/15/2014 | 28:50

Guests

LightSail, the Planetary Society’s innovative solar sail cubesat, will ride into space on the huge SpaceX Falcon Heavy, now in development. Bill Nye and others join us for a live celebration of this announcement.

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Discovered: Titan's Magic Island

07/08/2014 | 29:50

Guests

Cornell grad student Jason Hofgartner reports on the discovery of what appears (and disappears!) to be an island on one of Titan’s frigid lakes.

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Was a Natural Fuel Cell Key to the Origin of Life on Earth?

07/01/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Laurie Barge, Post Doctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

There’s so much we don’t know about the origin of life here or anywhere else in the universe. But there must have been an energy source. Researcher Laurie Barge led work that simulated the natural formation of a fuel cell that may have taken place in Earth’s primordial oceans.

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Elisa Quintana on the Discovery of Earth 2.0

06/24/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Kepler-186f is the very first exoplanet that is both the size of our own world and in the habitable zone surrounding its star. SETI Institute scientist Elisa Quintana is lead author of the paper announcing its existence.

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A Second Earth, and OSIRIS REx is Go for Asteroid Bennu

04/22/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator, University of Arizona
  • Elisa Quintana, Kepler Mission Research Scientist, SETI Institute

Finally found: an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. You’ll hear lead scientist Elisa Quintana make the announcement. Then OSIRIS REx mission Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta will tell us how the spacecraft will return a sample of material from the birth of the solar system.

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From Earth to the Edge of the Universe: A New Edition of “The Cosmos”

01/21/2014 | 30:50

Guests

  • Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy, University of California Berkeley
  • Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College

Astronomers Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko join us for a conversation about their newest version of their monumental textbook, "The Cosmos." Emily Lakdawalla helps us say good morning to the just-awakened Rosetta spacecraft, while Bill Nye is fascinated and puzzled by what looks like a jelly doughnut on the Martian surface.

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