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 email@example.com.
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12/22/2015 | 33:59
- John Culberson, Chair of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Sub-Committee
The newly-approved federal budget includes great news for fans of space exploration and development. Texas Congressman John Culberson led the fight for a Europa mission, the SLS rocket, commercial crew and more. He tells us why on this week’s show.
10/20/2015 | 38:40
- Hal Weaver, New Horizons Project Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Hal Weaver is a very happy Project Scientist. His New Horizons spacecraft has shocked his fellow researchers with magnificent images and data. He shares the excitement this week.
09/22/2015 | 28:50
- Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle, Planetary scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL)
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.
08/25/2015 | 33:33
- Matt Golombek, Co-chair, Mars Exploration Rover Landing Site selection committee
- Lindsay Hays, Science Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Ken Edgett, Senior Research Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
The 2020 Mars Rover may be years away, but determining where it will land is already a hot topic among scientists and engineers. Many of the former gathered in early August for a site selection workshop. We talk with Co-Chair and Mars veteran Matt Golombek, JPL astrobiologist Lindsay Hays, and Ken Edgett of Malin Space Science Systems.
06/23/2015 | 28:50
- William Patzert, Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Jerry Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
- Steve Vance, Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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.
05/26/2015 | 28:50
- Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
- Barbara Plante, Founder and President, Boreal Space
- Alex Diaz, Integration Contractor, Ecliptic Enterprises
- Jason Davis, Digital Editor
This special edition takes you behind the scenes on May 20, 2015 as LightSail is lifted into orbit. You’ll hear the thrilling launch, meet key team members as they prepare for the big moment, and hear a special status report from Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye.
05/12/2015 | 28:50
- Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Humankind’s arrival at Pluto is barely two months away. The science and images have already started to flow from New Horizons, according to the mission’s Principal Investigator, Alan Stern. Alan returns to Planetary Radio this week.
03/17/2015 | 34:46
- John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
The Mars Science Laboratory rover has accomplished its primary goals on the Red Planet, and John Grotzinger has left his central role to become Chair of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He shares his thoughts about the ongoing mission and much more.
03/10/2015 | 28:50
- George Whitesides, President and CEO, Virgin Galactic
6,000 job-seekers came to the new Long Beach, California home of Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne rocket on a recent morning. We sit down with CEO George Whitesides for a conversation about this new effort and the return of SpaceShipTwo.
02/24/2015 | 28:50
- Jonathan Goff, President and CEO, Altius Space Machines
ARM is the Asteroid Redirect Mission, and sometimes it seems that it doesn’t have a friend in the world. But it does, and Jonathan Goff of Altius Space Machines is one.