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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

First Earth-Sized Exoplanet is Next Door!

12/10/2012 | 28:50

Guests

Xavier Dumusque is the young astronomer who was lead author for the announcement of the first exoplanet found in the Alpha Centauri system, just 4.3 light years from Earth. It's also the first Earth-sized world found outside our own system.

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All Together Now! The News From Curiosity

12/03/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology

Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist John Grotzinger's fascinating comments at the December 3 press conference, followed by analysis from Emily Lakdawalla.

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Approaching Pluto, and Learning About Uwingu From Alan Stern

11/26/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern returns with a Pluto mission update. He also introduces us to Uwingu.

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Dawn Mission Update and At Home With Marc Rayman

11/19/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dawn is on its way from Vesta to Ceres, the biggest of the asteroids. Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman says all is well, with much more great science to come.

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Celebrating Carl Sagan With Lou Friedman, Lynda Obst, Kip Thorne and More

11/12/2012 | 30:39

Guests

November 9 was Planetary Society founder Carl Sagan's birthday, so we gathered a few of his close friends and several young scientists he inspired in front of a live audience. They also helped us celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th anniversary!

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Curiosity Sniffs Martian Air/Shuttle Endeavour Opens to the World

11/05/2012 | 30:58

Scientists have revealed the first data gathered by Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, about the Martian atmosphere, while Space Shuttle Endeavour has opened to the public.

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A Vacuum Cleaner on Mars

10/29/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kris Zacny, Vice President and Director of Exploration Technology, Honeybee Robotics

It’s called PlanetVac, and it’s an amazingly simple way to collect a soil sample on Mars. Or on the moon. Or on an asteroid. We’ll learn about it from Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics.

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Amazing Science at the 2012 DPS Meeting

10/22/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Heidi Hammel, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Scientist and Leading Volcanologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • William Hartmann, Planetary scientist, author, and artist
  • Bill Borucki, Kepler Principal Investigator
  • Alan Stern, New Horizons Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The 44th Annual Meeting of the AAS Division of Planetary Sciences hosted hundreds of researchers and revealed volumes of scientific results. Join us at the conference.

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Amateur Astronomers Work to Save Earth!

10/15/2012 | 28:50

Guests

The Planetary Society's Bruce Betts provides an overview of the Shoemaker NEO grant program, and we meet two dedicated grant recipients.

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Exploring the XDF, The Deepest Image of Our Universe, With Garth Illingworth

10/08/2012 | 28:50

Guests

UC Santa Cruz astronomer and XDF Principal Investigator Garth Illingworth takes us on a tour of this magnificent new image.

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