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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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09/22/2015 | 28:50
- Elizabeth "Zibi" Turtle, Planetary scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL)
They are the most neglected planets in our solar system, but that status may be changing. Planetary scientist Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle celebrates NASA’s announcement that it will study a mission to Uranus or Neptune.
09/15/2015 | 28:50
- Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator, University of Arizona
Dante Lauretta heads the most ambitious mission to an asteroid ever mounted. With one year left till launch, he returns to Planetary Radio with an update.
09/08/2015 | 32:25
- SOFIA Team, The crew, scientists, engineers, educators and other aboard SOFIA
Planetary Radio returns to SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, but this time we fly in the giant 747 turned telescope platform. It was a night to remember.
09/01/2015 | 28:50
- Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
- Justin Maki, Project Manager, Imaging Scientist and Instrument Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Planetary Radio talks with Jim Bell and Justin Maki, leaders of the development team for the most advanced camera ever planned for the surface of Mars.
08/25/2015 | 33:33
- Matt Golombek, Co-chair, Mars Exploration Rover Landing Site selection committee
- Lindsay Hays, Science Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Ken Edgett, Senior Research Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
The 2020 Mars Rover may be years away, but determining where it will land is already a hot topic among scientists and engineers. Many of the former gathered in early August for a site selection workshop. We talk with Co-Chair and Mars veteran Matt Golombek, JPL astrobiologist Lindsay Hays, and Ken Edgett of Malin Space Science Systems.
08/18/2015 | 32:12
- David Coan, NASA Engineer and NEEMO 20 Aquanaut, NASA Johnson Space Center
Mat Kaplan talked with engineer and NEEMO Expedition 20 team member David Coan while he was hard at work with astronauts and other engineers living in the Aquarius undersea habitat.
08/18/2015 | 36:18
- Casey Dreier, Director of Space Policy, The Planetary Society
Mat Kaplan sits down with our Director of Advocacy, Casey Dreier, for a deep dive into current space policy.
08/11/2015 | 39:23
- Karen O’Neil, Site Director and Assistant Director for Operations, Green Bank Telescope, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
- Dan Werthimer, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, SETI@Home Project, UC Berkeley
We follow last week’s conversation with Ann Druyan about the $100 million funding of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by visiting with two of the scientists who will do the work: Dan Werthimer of UC Berkeley and Karen O’Neil of the Green Bank Telescope.
08/04/2015 | 30:07
- Ann Druyan, writer and producer
The Breakthrough Initiatives will pump $100 million into the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the next 10 years, vastly expanding humanity’s quest to learn if it has company in the universe. Among the leaders of this brave new project is Cosmos creator Ann Druyan. Join us for a special, extended conversation with Ann.
07/28/2015 | 43:09
- Louise Devoy, Curator, The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Come with us on a visit to the home of the prime meridian for a conversation with the curator of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich about the race to create a practical means for determining longitude.