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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

Remembering Neil Armstrong/ChemCam is Zapping Martian Rocks!

08/27/2012 | 32:11

Guests

Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye the Science Guy join Mat Kaplan for a special remembrance of Neil Armstrong. Then we visit with the principal investigator for the first ray gun on Mars. Roger Wiens leads the ChemCam team that is using its powerful laser to zap and analyze Martian rocks. It’s just one of the Curiosity Rover success stories. Win a ChemCam bumper sticker and a Planetary Radio t-shirt in the weekly What’s Up space trivia contest!

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Mae Jemison of the 100 Year Starship Initiative

07/09/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 YSS Leader, Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence

Retired astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship Initiative. You’ll hear Mat’s conversation with her about this ambitious project in a SETIcon II fireside chat.

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More From the Air and Space Museum

06/25/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our special live show at the National Air and Space Museum continues with curator David DeVorkin, Space Policy Institute founder John Logsdon, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Planetary Society blogger Emily Lakdawalla and science rapper Funky 49.

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Live at the National Air and Space Museum

06/18/2012 | 29:52

Guests

  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Join us for the first half of a conversation with David DeVorkin, John Logsdon and Bill Nye.

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Cutting-edge Approaches to Protecting Interplanetary Astronauts

04/30/2012 | 28:50

As if extremes of temperature and lack of air weren’t enough! Some scientists believe it’s space radiation that will keep humans from venturing deep into our solar system. Not so, say three teams of NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC)-funded researchers. Each is exploring a cutting-edge approach to protecting astronauts on their way to Mars and other destinations.

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Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas

07/27/2009 | 0:30:00

Guests

  • John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

John Callas reports on Spirit and Opportunity, Bill Nye debates the future of humans on the Moon, and Bruce Betts looks to the Perseid meteor shower in his What's Up review of the night sky.

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Rob Manning Says Landing on Mars is Hard!

04/24/2006 | 0:28:52

Guests

  • Rob Manning, Chief Engineer, Mars Exploration Directorate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Landing people on Mars will be hard, but JPL's Rob Manning and other engineers are working on solutions.

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