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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11/08/2016 | 45:42
- Enrico Palermo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Spaceship Company
Host Mat Kaplan traveled to California’s Mojave Desert for a tour of Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company, where the second SpaceShipTwo was built and is undergoing flight tests. TSC Executive VP Enrico Palermo was his guide.
10/18/2016 | 58:54
- Charley Kohlhase, Engineer, Artist, Cassini Mission Designer
How did the Voyager spacecraft manage to weave their magnificent way through the outer planets of our solar system? Mission Design Manager Charley Kohlhase led the team that crunched the numbers to select the best possible trajectory from 10,000 candidates.
09/20/2016 | 29:02
- Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The great Cassini spacecraft has a year to go before it plunges into the ringed planet. Project Scientist Linda Spilker returns with more amazing mission science.
09/13/2016 | 28:50
- Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator, University of Arizona
In two years a Near Earth Asteroid now known as Bennu will have a visitor from Earth. OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta reports on his mission’s successful launch.
09/06/2016 | 28:50
- Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive, NASA Headquarters
In its nearly five decades, NASA has created or improved thousands of technologies, processes and innovations. Dan Lockney is in charge of making sure these solutions are found and utilized by industries and others in need.
08/30/2016 | 35:32
- Michael Endl, Research Scientist and Lecturer, McDonald Observatory, University of Texas at Austin
The announcement was made just days ago. Co-discoverer Michael Endl tells us about the discovery of a roughly Earth-mass planet orbiting in the habitable zone of the closest star to our own.
08/02/2016 | 1:26:01
- Philip Lubin, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Travis Brashears, Undergraduate Student, University of California, Berkeley
Philip Lubin and his former student Travis Brashears have had quite a year. Their bold plan to send tiny probes to nearby stars is now supported by NASA and the Breakthrough Starshot $100 million dollar initiative. Hear their amazing story.
07/26/2016 | 36:40
- DJ Byrne, Lead Software Designer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Don Heyer, Digital Design Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Raul Perez, Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
It takes a lot of terrific components to create a successful spacecraft like Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory. We’ll visit JPL to learn about the Terminal Descent Sensor radar that will once again help land a rover on the Red Planet.