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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

Interstellar Dreams Turn Real

08/02/2016 | 1:26:01

Guests

  • Philip Lubin, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Travis Brashears, Undergraduate Student, University of California, Berkeley

Philip Lubin and his former student Travis Brashears have had quite a year. Their bold plan to send tiny probes to nearby stars is now supported by NASA and the Breakthrough Starshot $100 million dollar initiative. Hear their amazing story.

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A Big Test for LightSail 2

05/24/2016 | 29:57

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Journalist and 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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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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Planetary Radio Extra: Planetary Society Experts 2015 Review

01/05/2016 | 61:40

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Journalist and Digital Editor, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Bruce Betts, Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla gather with Mat Kaplan for a fascinating and informative Planetary Radio Extra year-in-review roundtable discussion.

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Field Test: Planetary Deep Drill

12/15/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics
  • Mike Malaska, Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Bill Abbey, Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Drilling through many meters of ice to Europa’s ocean or to the pristine sub-surface layers of Mars will be hard. The Planetary Deep Drill prototype has shown that it may be a practical approach. Join Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues at the field test site deep in California’s desert.

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A Journey to Space

12/08/2015 | 34:34

Guests

  • Shell Amega, Vice President, Communications, California Science Center Foundation
  • Devin Waller, Exhibit Project Manager, California Science Center Foundation
  • Mark Krenzien, Director/Writer, Journey to Space 3D IMAX Film

Journey to Space is both a new and spectacular IMAX movie and an exciting, hands-on exhibition at the California Science Center. We learn about both this week.

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Exploring the Seas of Earth and Other Worlds

06/23/2015 | 28:50

Guests

We return to the beautiful Aquarium of the Pacific in southern California for a fascinating conversation about ocean science. What we learn down here is furthering our research around the solar system. William Patzert, Jerry Schubel and Steven Vance join Mat Kaplan on stage. Emily Lakdawalla tells us what Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, has been doing lately. Bruce Betts is keeping his eye on converging Jupiter and Venus.

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The Exciting Year Ahead on the Final Frontier

01/06/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jason Davis, Journalist and Digital Editor, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

The Planetary Society’s experts look forward to a great year of firsts in the solar system and beyond.

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Sara Seager and the Search for Earth’s Twin

12/16/2014 | 29:42

Guests

  • 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.

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2014: The Year We Landed on a Comet

11/25/2014 | 28:50

Guests

  • 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.

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