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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

2012 DA14--Coming Soon to a Planet Near You!

02/11/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Timothy Spahr, Director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Lindley Johnson, NASA
  • Edward Beshore, OSIRIS REx Deputy Principal Investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson

The 45-meter Near Earth Asteroid flies by on February 15. NASA brought together asteroid experts to discuss it and others of its threatening kind.

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An Imminent Asteroid Encounter

02/04/2013 | 28:50

Spain’s La Sagra Observatory discovered Asteroid 2012 DA14 just a year ago. Now it’s nearing Earth once again. Jaime Nomen of La Sagra is back to prepare us for this very close flyby.

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Debra Fischer Hunts for a Second Earth at Alpha Centauri

01/28/2013 | 28:53

Guests

Yale Professor of Astronomy Debra Fischer is one of our planet’s most successful discoverers of exoplanets. She has set her sights on Alpha Centauri, where she hopes to find a Earth-sized world in the habitable zone: not too hot, not too cold for life.

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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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Visiting the AAS Meeting for a JWST Update and More

01/14/2013 | 52:37

Guests

  • Jason Kalirai, Deputy Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Dean C. Hines, Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute

The 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society was a great place to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope from Jason Kalirai and Dean C. Hines.

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Listening Once Again to Amateur Astronomy Pioneer John Dobson

01/07/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Dobson, Astronomer and designer of telescopes, The Sidewalk Astronomers

A reprise of our very popular conversation with the delightful 97-year old John Dobson, inventor of the Dobsonian telescope that brings the universe within everyone’s reach.

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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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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Special Curiosity Report Continues

12/24/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • Richard Cook, Curiosity Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

Our fascinating, live conversation with Curiosity Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger continues. Richard and John are joined on stage by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Emily Lakdawalla and Mat Kaplan.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: Celebrating Rover Curiosity

12/17/2012 | 28:50

Guests

  • John Grotzinger, Curiosity Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology
  • Richard Cook, Curiosity Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

The leaders of the Curiosity mission join Bill Nye, Emily Lakdawalla and host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about the thrilling mission on Mars.

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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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