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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

Magnets Roving on Mars

04/19/2004 | 0:25:15

Guests

  • Walter Goetz, Mars Exploration Rovers magnet team member, University of Copenhagen

This week we hear about the strategically located magnets on the Mars Exploration Rovers and how are telling us more about the red planet.

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Celebrate With The Mars Exploration Rover Team

04/12/2004 | 0:22:40

With lots to celebrate, The Planetary Society threw a party for the scientists and engineers who have made Spirit and Opportunity such amazing successes, and you're invited!

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Jim Bell, The Pancam Man!

03/01/2004 | 0:29:22

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Planetary Radio talks with the developer of the Pancam on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Jim Bell. We also feature the last pair of Student Astronauts, and another visit with Astrobots Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust.

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The Astrobots are Back on Our Show!

02/09/2004 | 0:26:19

Guests

  • Wayne Lee, Entry, Descent and Landing Chief Engineer, Mars Exploration Rover mission

After a long hiatus, Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust return to the air. You'll also hear from Mars Exploration Rover Entry, Descent and Landing Chief Engineer Wayne Lee, and from two more of the Student Astronauts.

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Mars Exploration Rover Flight Director Chris Lewicki

02/02/2004 | 0:29:11

Guests

  • Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources

Opportunity is on a roll and Spirit is almost back to full health as we visit with the young Flight Director for the mission. We also hear from two more of the Student Astronauts.

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Opportunity Lands and Hope Builds for Spirit

01/26/2004 | 0:34:16

Guests

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

We celebrate the perfect landing of Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with special guest Rob Manning, plus lots more, including two more Student Astronauts, and a "name that outcropping" contest from Bruce Betts.

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Spirit Lands on Mars!

01/05/2004 | 0:30:35

Follow the incredibly exciting and finally triumphant arrival on Mars of the Mars Exploration Rover as it happened at Wild About Mars, the Planetary Society's big weekend event at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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Steve Squyres Is Ready for Mars

12/22/2003 | 0:27:42

Guests

  • Steve Squyres, Mars Exploration Rover Principal Investigator, Cornell University

Doctor Steven Squyres talks about the challenges, human and robotic, facing the Mars Exploration Rover mission; Emily Lakdawalla is watching for shooting stars...on Mars, and Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan attend the Planetary Society's holiday party.

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Mars Exploration Rover Update

12/15/2003 | 0:30:40

Guests

  • Albert Haldemann, Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover mission, Mars Exploration Rover mission

Planetary Radio gets a Mars Exploration Rover status report from Deputy Project Scientist, Dr. Albert Haldemann; Emily Lakdawalla can tell how old a planet is from its surface.

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Getting a Rover's-Eye View of Mars

05/12/2003 | 0:28:56

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Hear excerpts of the Mars Exploration Rover imaging team lead Jim Bell's presentation last week at Planetary Society headquarters; Emily looks for life on the moon, while Bruce Betts says to get ready for this week's lunar eclipse!

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