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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01/13/2015 | 36:11
- Joe Liske, Acting Programme Scientist for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), and host of Hubblecast, European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Joe Liske, host of Hubblecast, is also the top scientist on the European Southern Observatory’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), now under construction on a Chilean mountaintop. “Dr. J” tells us what this largest ever telescope will help us discover.
12/23/2014 | 28:50
- Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Boulder
Not just the air. Where is the water that was plentiful on the red planet billions of years ago? MAVEN may help answer these questions. Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky reports on the early, exciting science data.
12/16/2014 | 29:42
- Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT planetary scientist and astrophysicist Sara Seager is on a quest. She wants to find a warm, wet exoplanet with signs of life. It could be Earth 2.0.
12/09/2014 | 28:50
- Jason Davis, Digital Editor
- Ellen Stofan, Chief Scientist, NASA
- Scott Thurston, Vehicle Integration and Launch Operations Manager, NASA Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s Orion spacecraft has taken its first step toward Mars and an asteroid mission. The Planetary Society’s Jason Davis was at the Kennedy Space Center for the December 5 mission.
12/02/2014 | 28:50
- Kip Thorne, Richard Feynman Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, CalTech
Spoiler alert. Famed physicist Kip Thorne says you might be able to survive a plunge into a black hole after all! That’s just one molecule of the fascinating science behind the science fiction film he helped create. We’ll talk about the movie and Kip’s new book, “The Science of Interstellar.”
11/18/2014 | 28:50
- Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Cassini is safe! Project scientist Linda Spilker returns with a regular update on Saturn, its moons and rings not long after learning that the mission is funded through its 2017 plunge into the planet.
11/11/2014 | 28:50
- Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics
If there’s life on Mars, it’s probably deep beneath the surface. That’s just one reason we need a tool like Planetary Deep Drill on the red planet and other mysterious worlds around our solar system. Honeybee Robotics’ Kris Zacny introduces us to the innovative prototype.
10/28/2014 | 28:50
- Sean Solomon, Principal Investigator for MESSENGER, Columbia University
MESSENGER has been orbiting the innermost planet for more than three-and-half-years. Principal Investigator Sean Solomon returns with a status report as the mission enters its final phase.
07/22/2014 | 28:50
- Keith Cowing, Editor, SpaceRef and NASA Watch
They have generated excitement, enthusiasm and support throughout the world. The ISEE-3 Reboot Project has succeeded in gaining control over the 36-year old spacecraft, but will they be able to move it?