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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

Planetary Radio Live at Yuri’s Night—Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

04/15/2014 | 31:53

Guests

Join the party as we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of humanity’s transition to spacefaring species with Yuri’s Night Executive Director Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO and Yuri’s Night co-founder George Whitesides, and astronaut Ron Garan, who heads Fragile Oasis.

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Microbes in Orbit: Cheryl Nickerson’s Revealing Biomedical Research

04/08/2014 | 42:43

Guests

You may have heard that the sometimes deadly Salmonella bacterium becomes stronger in microgravity. Cheryl Nickerson tell us about this and other results her team has conducted in low Earth orbit.

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Talking with JPL's Blaine Baggett and Ed Stone About "The Stuff of Dreams"

02/25/2014 | 33:40

Guests

  • Ed Stone, Voyager Interstellar Mission Chief Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Blaine Baggett, Director of the Office of Communication and Education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL’s Blaine Baggett and former JPL director Ed Stone talk “The Stuff of Dreams,” a documentary about an era in planetary exploration that was both exhilarating and exasperating. Emily Lakdawalla explains why Curiosity has joined the fraternity of backward driving rovers on Mars, and Bill Nye considers the not-too-distant future when airliners and spaceliners will share the sky.

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Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank

02/18/2014 | 28:50

Guests

NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!

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Surprising Budget News for Planetary Exploration

02/11/2014 | 28:50

Guests

Good news, for a change! Congress decided to provide $127 million more for planetary science than was requested by the President. Bill Adkins of Adkins Strategies in Washington and the Society’s Director of Advocacy, Casey Dreier say a battle has been won, but the war for science continues. Emily Lakdawalla helps us understand how an eye in the Martian sky helps track Curiosity on the surface. Bill Nye addresses the mastodon in the room, and there’s a new and cool prize for the winner of the What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Back to Planetary Radio Live With the Mars Rovers

02/04/2014 | 38:52

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Rob Manning, Chief Engineer, Mars Exploration Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Our celebration of the Mars rovers continues from Southern California Public Radio’s Crawford Family Forum, this week featuring planetary scientist and author Jim Bell, Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger, JPL Mars Engineering Manager Rob Manning and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye. Emily takes us to Curiosity’s latest find on the red planet, and Bruce Betts joins Mat to gaze at the night sky and give away ISS-Above, the little device that tells you when the International Space Station is overhead.

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A 2014 Preview From Emily Lakdawalla

01/06/2014 | 28:50

Guests

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

24 spacecraft are either busy exploring the solar system or speeding toward an exciting destination. The Planetary Society's Senior Editor takes us on a whirlwind advance tour.

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A Big Week for Space Science at the AGU and Beyond

12/16/2013 | 28:50

Guests

The annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union revealed lots of science, some of it astounding. Emily Lakdawalla was there with Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Casey Dreier, whose news was not quite as good.

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Bleeding Edge--NIAC Chooses 12 New Out There Projects

08/12/2013 | 31:25

Guests

  • Jay Falker, Program Executive, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

They might be happy if one in ten of the projects they fund makes it in the real world…because that project just might change the world. We talk with Jay Falker, Program Executive for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about 12 crazy and not so crazy ideas that have just received early seed funding.

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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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