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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

It's Hot! Plutonium 238 is Back

10/28/2013 | 32:08

Guests

Casey Dreier tells the winding tale of Plutonium 238, the radioactive isotope that is vital for exploration of the solar system. The US came dangerously close to exhausting its supply. Even with production restarted, there are major challenges facing explorers.

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The Ancient Snows of Mars

08/05/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kat Scanlon, Graduate Student and Researcher, Brown University Geological Sciences

When she was learning to forecast the weather in Hawaii, Brown University grad student Kat Scanlon didn’t suspect it would help her uncover evidence for rain or, more likely, snow that helped shape the surface of Mars billions of years ago.

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Advocating for Planetary Science/Star Trek Meets Spacefarers

05/20/2013 | 30:45

Guests

The director and cast of Star Trek: Into Darkness meet up with real space travelers. Also: Planetary science funding from NASA is in trouble, so a delegation led by Bill Nye the Science Guy descended on Washington DC last week to sound the alarm. Planetary Society Advocacy chief Casey Dreier provides a report, and comments on the Society’s support for NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission.

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The Gigantic ALMA Radio Telescope in Chile

01/21/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Alison Peck, Former ALMA Commissioning Scientists Team Leader, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Al Wooten, North American Project Scientist and head of the North American ALMA Science Center, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

ALMA will make sharper images than the Hubble Space Telescope, yet it’s a radio telescope! ALMA scientists Alison Peck and Al Wooten tell us about this array of 66 huge dishes in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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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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More From the Air and Space Museum

06/25/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our special live show at the National Air and Space Museum continues with curator David DeVorkin, Space Policy Institute founder John Logsdon, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Planetary Society blogger Emily Lakdawalla and science rapper Funky 49.

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Live at the National Air and Space Museum

06/18/2012 | 29:52

Guests

  • John M. Logsdon, Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, History of Astronomy and the Space Sciences, National Air and Space Museum
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Join us for the first half of a conversation with David DeVorkin, John Logsdon and Bill Nye.

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