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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

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Beginning a New Year In Space

12/31/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Planetary Society experts review the challenges and triumphs of 2012 and look forward to a new and exciting year. You’ll hear Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla on new missions, Casey Dreier on “Saving our Science,” and Bruce Betts’ review of great projects, as well as a musical rendition of “Random Space Fact.”

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Special Curiosity Report Continues

12/24/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Richard Cook, Curiosity Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our fascinating, live conversation with Curiosity Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger continues. Richard and John are joined on stage by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Celebrating Rover Curiosity

12/17/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Richard Cook, Curiosity Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

The leaders of the Curiosity mission join Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla and host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about the thrilling mission on Mars.

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All Together Now! The News From Curiosity

12/03/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology

Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger's fascinating comments at the December 3 press conference, followed by analysis from Emily Lakdawalla.

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Curiosity Sniffs Martian Air/Shuttle Endeavour Opens to the World

11/05/2012 | 30:58

Scientists have revealed the first data gathered by Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, about the Martian atmosphere, while Space Shuttle Endeavour has opened to the public.

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A Vacuum Cleaner on Mars

10/29/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics

It’s called PlanetVac, and it’s an amazingly simple way to collect a soil sample on Mars. Or on the moon. Or on an asteroid. We’ll learn about it from Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics.

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Amazing Science at the 2012 DPS Meeting

10/22/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Heidi Hammel, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Scientist and Leading Volcanologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • William Hartmann, Planetary scientist, author, and artist
  • Bill Borucki, Kepler Principal Investigator
  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The 44th Annual Meeting of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences hosted hundreds of researchers and revealed volumes of scientific results. Join us at the conference.

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Curiosity Finds a Martian Stream Bed and Endeavour Flies Home

10/01/2012 | 28:50

Guests

Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity's discovery of an ancient stream bed, and Endeavour flies over the California plant where it was built.

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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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More From Planetfest With Andrew Chaikin and Scott Hubbard

08/20/2012 | 1:00:02

Guests

Our Planetary Radio Live celebration of Mars rover Curiosity at Planetfest continues with more from space historian Andrew Chaikin, former NASA Mars czar Scott Hubbard and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy. Emily breaks the news about NASA’s choice for a Discovery mission, and Bruce Betts joins Mat Kaplan for a What’s Up look at the night sky and a new space trivia contest.

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