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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

Zibi Turtle and a Mission to the Ice Giants

09/22/2015 | 28:50

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They are the most neglected planets in our solar system, but that status may be changing. Planetary scientist Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle celebrates NASA’s announcement that it will study a mission to Uranus or Neptune.

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Flying High on SOFIA

09/08/2015 | 32:25

Guests

  • SOFIA Team, The crew, scientists, engineers, educators and other aboard SOFIA

Planetary Radio returns to SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, but this time we fly in the giant 747 turned telescope platform. It was a night to remember.

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Zooming In On Mars With Mastcam-Z

09/01/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Justin Maki, Project Manager, Imaging Scientist and Instrument Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Planetary Radio talks with Jim Bell and Justin Maki, leaders of the development team for the most advanced camera ever planned for the surface of Mars.

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A New Era For SETI Research: More on the Breakthrough Initiatives

08/11/2015 | 39:23

Guests

  • Karen O’Neil, Site Director and Assistant Director for Operations, Green Bank Telescope, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Dan Werthimer, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, SETI@Home Project, UC Berkeley

We follow last week’s conversation with Ann Druyan about the $100 million funding of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by visiting with two of the scientists who will do the work: Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley and Karen O’Neil of the Green Bank Telescope.

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Planetary Radio Live at the New Horizons Pluto Encounter

07/21/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Mike Brown, Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join our live audience for highlights of an amazing evening, featuring Jim Bell, Bruce Betts, Mike Brown, Emily Lakdawalla, Linda Spilker, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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A Small, Distant World: Kepler 138b

07/14/2015 | 28:50

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SETI Institute scientist Jason Rowe returns to tell us about the smallest exoplanet so far that has had its size and mass determined. Jason also talks with Mat about our ever-expanding knowledge of these worlds that circle faraway stars.

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Emily Lakdawalla’s Pluto Preview

07/07/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Two visits with the Planetary Society Senior Editor this week, as Emily first provides an update on the Rosetta comet mission and then returns with an extended look ahead at the New Horizons Pluto encounter next week.

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LightSail Triumphant! A Mission Press Conference

06/16/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Barbara Plante, Founder and President, Boreal Space
  • Rex Ridenoure, President and CEO, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation
  • Doug Stetson, LightSail Project Manager, The Planetary Society

After a roller coaster ride that included a maddening eight-day silence, the LightSail test mission finally achieved all of its major goals. Leaders of the mission team gathered on June 10th to take questions from the media, and share their thoughts and emotions with the general public. Today’s show presents highlights of that briefing. Emily Lakdawalla is seeing things on Pluto, and she’s not alone. Bruce Betts takes Mat Kaplan on a walk in space during this week’s What’s Up segment.

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Cassini Update AND LightSail Spreads its Wings!

06/09/2015 | 28:50

Guests

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker, returns with another update on the magnificent mission at Saturn. You’ll also hear Bill Nye and the moment when LightSail began to deploy its solar sail.

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Countdown to LightSail: An Update

04/28/2015 | 28:50

Guests

The road to space has been a rocky one for most spacecraft, and LightSail is no different. Challenges remain even with the May 20th launch of a test mission approaching. Embedded LightSail reporter Jason Davis checks in with the latest news.

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