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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

Landing On Mars With JPL's Matt Golombek

06/17/2013 | 38:05

Guests

  • Matt Golombek, Co-chair, Mars Exploration Rover Landing Site selection committee

Join us at JPL for a conversation with Mars landing site selection leader Matt Golombek. Matt is also now Project Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover program, and shares the great news from Opportunity about its latest discovery. Emily Lakdawalla presents a guest blog entry that features splendid images from Mars Express, while Bill Nye traces the convoluted ways of space science funding in Washington. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan are at a legendary Pasadena eatery for this week’s What’s Up. Cosmic hot dog, anyone?

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Saving Science Education With Pamela Gay AND Creating the Blackest Black

06/10/2013 | 35:12

Guests

  • David Carnahan, President and Co-Founder, NanoLab
  • Pamela Gay, Astronomer, Astronomy Cast Co-host and CosmoQuest Principal, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A Planetary Radio double header includes a visit with CosmoQuest’s Pamela Gay. She and colleagues are working to replace vital federal funds for science education and citizen science programs. We also go to the dark side with David Carnahan of NanoLab, developer of carbon nanotubes that may help us discover Earth-like planets.

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Tasting the Air of Distant Worlds

06/03/2013 | 31:50

Guests

  • Ben R. Oppenheimer, Associate Curator/Astrophysics Department Chair, American Museum of Natural History, Division of Physical Sciences

There will soon be one thousand confirmed exoplanets, but how do we learn more about such distant worlds? We talk to the leader of a team that has recently developed technology capable of revealing the spectra of these planets, which allows us to tease apart their composition. Emily Lakdawalla invites you to find the next “face” on Mars, while Bill Nye says another asteroid flyby is good news. Our special What’s Up space trivia contest prize will put your picture in orbit!

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Live at the Space Tech Expo with Bill Nye, Xcor and Zero-G

05/27/2013 | 34:38

Guests

  • Andrew Nelson, COO and Vice President of Business Development, Xcor Aerospace
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Michelle Peters, Director of Research and Education, Zero Gravity Corporation

PlanRad Live takes to the road again, this time visiting the Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California for a conversation with enthusiastic team members at Xcor Aerospace, where they are building the Lynx spaceplane, and the Zero Gravity Corporation, whose “G-Force One” plane has allowed thousands of men and women to experience weightlessness. Bill Nye joined the fun on stage, and Bruce Betts arrived with t-shirts for the winners of the live What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Sun Rings: Music of the Spheres From the Kronos Quartet

05/13/2013 | 28:50

Guests

The internationally renown string quartet talk about creating and performing Terry Riley's Sun Rings, that incorporates Don Gurnett's space sounds.

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Saving Earth: Asteroid Emergency Tabletop Exercise at the 2013 PDC

05/06/2013 | 41:37

Guests

The last installment of our Planetary Defense Conference coverage makes a deep impact as hundreds of attendees participate in an asteroid mitigation exercise. You’ll hear from astronauts Ed Lu and Rusty Schweikart, Near Earth Object expert Don Yeomans, Cathy Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and many more.

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Live at the Planetary Defense Conference!

04/22/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Brent Barbee, Flight Dynamics Engineer, Goddard space Flight Center
  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathy Plesko, Applied Physics Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan joined Bill Nye and four passionate planetary explorers on stage at the Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Basics of Interplanetary Flight With Dave Doody

04/08/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dave Doody, Operations Lead, JPL Cassini Mission Support and Services Office

JPL’s Dave Doody doesn’t just fly around the solar system, he teaches others how it's done. We talk about what students learn in his non-technical class, the Basics of Interplanetary Flight.

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Saturn Update from Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker

04/01/2013 | 30:14

Guests

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We pay another visit to the queen of planets with Cassini Mission Project Scientist Linda Spilker. She always brings us fascinating news from Saturn, its moons and rings.

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More of Our ALMA Adventure in Chile's Atacama Desert

03/25/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Denis Barkats, Sysem Astronomer, ALMA
  • Stuartt Corder, Commissioning and Science Verification Project Scientist, ALMA
  • Pierre Cox, Director, ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

Our special coverage of the ALMA Observatory inauguration continues, with the President of Chile, the incoming ALMA Director, and much more from the Atacama Desert.

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