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Planetary Radio Show Archives: 2013

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Amy Mainzer Is Hunting Asteroids With NEOWISE

12/30/2013 | 34:11

Guests

  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab

Take a spacecraft that can no longer survey the realm of galaxies and repurpose it to discover thousands of much nearer asteroids and comets. Put it to sleep for 2.5 years, then wake it up and start discovering even more! JPL’s Amy Mainzer is Principal Investigator for NEOWISE, the mission using this amazing space telescope.

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10 Years A Roving: A.J.S. Rayl on the Mars Exploration Rovers

12/23/2013 | 53:17

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What a long, wonderful trip it has been for Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers. Planetary Society reporter A.J.S. Rayl has been writing about their adventure every month for ten years. She looks back on this week’s show.

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A Big Week for Space Science at the AGU and Beyond

12/16/2013 | 28:50

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The annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union revealed lots of science, some of it astounding. Emily Lakdawalla was there with Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Casey Dreier, whose news was not quite as good.

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Comet ISON: Much More Than a Memory

12/09/2013 | 28:50

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Maybe it wasn’t “the comet of the century,” but ISON has left a scientific legacy that is beyond compare. That’s according to Karl Battams of NASA’s Comet ISON Observing Campaign on this week’s show.

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Celebrating the Admiral of the Solar System

12/02/2013 | 29:30

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Louis D. Friedman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

The life of explorer and teacher Dr. Bruce Murray was celebrated last November 10th at Caltech. This week we present a few excerpts from the tributes paid to the former JPL Director and co-founder of the Planetary Society.

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Alyssa Rhoden and the Rise of the Europa Underground

11/25/2013 | 30:20

Guests

  • Alyssa Rhoden, NASA postdoctoral program fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center

Alyssa Rhoden studies Jupiter’s moon Europa…from a distance. She, many other scientists and millions of space exploration fans around the globe want to see a mission to this ice world that hides a vast, warm ocean. That’s why she and several colleagues have created Destination: Europa, and they want your help.

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Planetary Radio Live Celebrates the Launch of MAVEN

11/18/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Projects, The Planetary Society
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

The successful launch of MAVEN was covered by Mat Kaplan, Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla, with special, launch site reports from Jim Bell and Bill Nye.

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SpaceUp LA: What would you do with $13 Billion?

11/11/2013 | 32:32

What would YOU do with an extra $10 Billion for space exploration and development? That’s what Mat Kaplan asked the passionate space enthusiasts at the 2013 SpaceUp LA Unconference.

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All-Sky Optical Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

11/04/2013 | 31:54

Guests

A burst of laser light could let humanity know it is not alone in the universe. Harvard’s Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead will give us an update on the technological wonder of Optical SETI that watches the entire sky for billionth of a second pulses from the stars.

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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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Juno's Brief Home Visit on the Road to Jupiter

10/21/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Juno Principal Investigator Scott Bolton reviews the spacecraft's Earth flyby and previews its long stay at our solar system's king of planets.

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Emily Lakawalla's DPS Report

10/14/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist recaps this year’s revealing meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS).

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The New Horizons Initiative

10/07/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Carl Sagan’s longtime artistic collaborator, Jon Lomberg, designed the cover for the Voyager Interstellar Record. Now he wants to upload another message from Earth to New Horizons, the spacecraft on its way to Pluto.

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Gregory and James Benford on the "Starship Century"

09/30/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Gregory Benford, Physicist and Science Fiction Author, UC Irvine
  • James Benford, Physicist and President of Microwave Sciences, Microwave Sciences

“Starship Century—Toward the Grandest Horizon” is the new collection of fact and fiction assembled by Gregory and James Benford. The brothers are among the leaders of a renaissance in research and thinking about interstellar travel. They have returned to Planetary Radio to talk about this story of human destiny among the stars.

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Can We Touch the Stars? Lou Friedman at the 100-Year Starship Symposium

09/23/2013 | 30:31

Guests

  • Louis D. Friedman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

Only days after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, forward thinkers met in Houston, Texas to consider how humans can become a starfaring species. Planetary Society Emeritus Executive Director Lou Friedman reports from the meeting.

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MAVEN Mars Mission's Bruce Jakosky

09/16/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN Principal Investigator, University of Colorado Boulder

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) orbiter leaves for the red planet in November of 2013. Bruce Jakosky of the University of Colorado Boulder is its Principal Investigator. Mat Kaplan sat down with Bruce at a recent MAVEN workshop.

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PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: LADEE Launches for Luna

09/09/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Projects, The Planetary Society
  • Brian Day, LADEE Education and Public Outreach Lead, Ames Research Center
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • David Paige, Professor of Planetary Sciences, UCLA

Planetary Radio returned to the Crawford Family Forum for live coverage of the LADEE launch on September 6th.

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Remembering Bruce Murray

09/02/2013 | 49:32

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Projects, The Planetary Society
  • Louis D. Friedman, Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society

The passing of Planetary Society co-founder and former JPL Director Bruce Murray has been marked around the world. Planetary Radio takes its turn with this special tribute.

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Taikonauts on the Moon? A Conversation With Leonard David

08/26/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Leonard David has been writing about space exploration for more than five decades. Now he has turned his attention to China’s ambitious plans.

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NASA's Charlie Bolden Visits Earth Missions at JPL

08/19/2013 | 28:50

Guests

Two missions are coming together in a high bay clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. SMAP and ISS RapidScat went on display for a visit by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Mat Kaplan and Emily Lakdawalla provide special coverage.

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Bleeding Edge--NIAC Chooses 12 New Out There Projects

08/12/2013 | 31:25

Guests

  • Jay Falker, Program Executive, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

They might be happy if one in ten of the projects they fund makes it in the real world…because that project just might change the world. We talk with Jay Falker, Program Executive for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program about 12 crazy and not so crazy ideas that have just received early seed funding.

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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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Europa Report--New Science Fiction Film Embraces the Science

07/29/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

If you’re willing to accept the premise, the thrilling new independent feature film presents one of the most scientifically and technically accurate tales ever put on screen. We’ll talk with the director and producer, and then ask science advisor Kevin Hand for a reality check.

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JPL and England Wave at Saturn

07/22/2013 | 28:50

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Hundreds came out on the JPL mall on Friday, July 19th to salute the Cassini spacecraft as it captured a rare image of Earth from the outer solar system. Among them were the mission Deputy Project Scientist, Scott Edgington, and the Cassini Program Manager, Earl Maize.

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Touring Mt. Wilson with George Ellery Hale's Descendants

07/15/2013 | 28:50

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On this special vacation edition of the show, we climb to the Mount Wilson Observatory to join a special tour for the descendants of the facility’s fascinating founder, George Ellery Hale.

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Tim Spahr of the Minor Planet Center

07/08/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Timothy Spahr, Director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

There’s a place to go when you find a space rock headed our way, or headed any which way. Tim Spahr directs the Minor Planet Center, the global clearinghouse for all information about asteroids, comets and other relatively small bodies like moons.

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Water on the Moon!

07/01/2013 | 28:50

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Amanda Hendrix looks for and studies water in our solar system, where it has been found in surprising locales. Earth's moon, for instance. She talks about Luna’s ice and the weathering of its ancient surface.

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A Cosmic Concert: Singer/Songwriter Peter Mayer on Planetary Radio Live

06/24/2013 | 1:27:36

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Join us at the intersection of science, nature, music and wonder for a very special Planetary Radio Live with the great Peter Mayer. Bill Nye is with host Mat Kaplan on stage in this unique episode, the longest we've ever presented. You'll hear eight of Pete's beautiful songs, including one that will be on his new CD.

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Landing On Mars With JPL's Matt Golombek

06/17/2013 | 38:05

Guests

  • Matt Golombek, Co-chair, Mars Exploration Rover Landing Site selection committee

Join us at JPL for a conversation with Mars landing site selection leader Matt Golombek. Matt is also now Project Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover program, and shares the great news from Opportunity about its latest discovery. Emily Lakdawalla presents a guest blog entry that features splendid images from Mars Express, while Bill Nye traces the convoluted ways of space science funding in Washington. Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan are at a legendary Pasadena eatery for this week’s What’s Up. Cosmic hot dog, anyone?

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Saving Science Education With Pamela Gay AND Creating the Blackest Black

06/10/2013 | 35:12

Guests

  • David Carnahan, President and Co-Founder, NanoLab
  • Pamela Gay, Astronomer, Astronomy Cast Co-host and CosmoQuest Principal, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A Planetary Radio double header includes a visit with CosmoQuest’s Pamela Gay. She and colleagues are working to replace vital federal funds for science education and citizen science programs. We also go to the dark side with David Carnahan of NanoLab, developer of carbon nanotubes that may help us discover Earth-like planets.

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Tasting the Air of Distant Worlds

06/03/2013 | 31:50

Guests

  • Ben R. Oppenheimer, Associate Curator/Astrophysics Department Chair, American Museum of Natural History, Division of Physical Sciences

There will soon be one thousand confirmed exoplanets, but how do we learn more about such distant worlds? We talk to the leader of a team that has recently developed technology capable of revealing the spectra of these planets, which allows us to tease apart their composition. Emily Lakdawalla invites you to find the next “face” on Mars, while Bill Nye says another asteroid flyby is good news. Our special What’s Up space trivia contest prize will put your picture in orbit!

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Live at the Space Tech Expo with Bill Nye, Xcor and Zero-G

05/27/2013 | 34:38

Guests

  • Andrew Nelson, COO and Vice President of Business Development, Xcor Aerospace
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Michelle Peters, Director of Research and Education, Zero Gravity Corporation

PlanRad Live takes to the road again, this time visiting the Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California for a conversation with enthusiastic team members at Xcor Aerospace, where they are building the Lynx spaceplane, and the Zero Gravity Corporation, whose “G-Force One” plane has allowed thousands of men and women to experience weightlessness. Bill Nye joined the fun on stage, and Bruce Betts arrived with t-shirts for the winners of the live What’s Up space trivia contest.

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Advocating for Planetary Science/Star Trek Meets Spacefarers

05/20/2013 | 30:45

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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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Sun Rings: Music of the Spheres From the Kronos Quartet

05/13/2013 | 28:50

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The internationally renown string quartet talk about creating and performing Terry Riley's Sun Rings, that incorporates Don Gurnett's space sounds.

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Saving Earth: Asteroid Emergency Tabletop Exercise at the 2013 PDC

05/06/2013 | 41:37

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The last installment of our Planetary Defense Conference coverage makes a deep impact as hundreds of attendees participate in an asteroid mitigation exercise. You’ll hear from astronauts Ed Lu and Rusty Schweikart, Near Earth Object expert Don Yeomans, Cathy Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and many more.

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Kindred Spirits: Alison Gibbings and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Planetary Defense Conference

04/29/2013 | 28:50

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Our special coverage of the PDC continues with two planetary scientists separated by almost 60 years in age, but with similar dedication and enthusiasm for saving the planet.

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Live at the Planetary Defense Conference!

04/22/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Brent Barbee, Flight Dynamics Engineer, Goddard space Flight Center
  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathy Plesko, Applied Physics Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Trilling, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan joined Bill Nye and four passionate planetary explorers on stage at the Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Yuri's Night 2013 Under Space Shuttle Endeavour

04/15/2013 | 30:30

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Planetary Radio Live was on stage at the World Space Party with guests George and Loretta Whitesides and Bobak "Mohawk Guy" Ferdowsi.

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Basics of Interplanetary Flight With Dave Doody

04/08/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Dave Doody, Operations Lead, JPL Cassini Mission Support and Services Office

JPL’s Dave Doody doesn’t just fly around the solar system, he teaches others how it's done. We talk about what students learn in his non-technical class, the Basics of Interplanetary Flight.

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Saturn Update from Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker

04/01/2013 | 30:14

Guests

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

We pay another visit to the queen of planets with Cassini Mission Project Scientist Linda Spilker. She always brings us fascinating news from Saturn, its moons and rings.

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More of Our ALMA Adventure in Chile's Atacama Desert

03/25/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Denis Barkats, Sysem Astronomer, ALMA
  • Stuartt Corder, Commissioning and Science Verification Project Scientist, ALMA
  • Pierre Cox, Director, ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array

Our special coverage of the ALMA Observatory inauguration continues, with the President of Chile, the incoming ALMA Director, and much more from the Atacama Desert.

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ALMA Adventure

03/18/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Ewine van Dishoeck, Radio Astronomer, University of Leiden & Former ALMA Board Member
  • Al Wooten, North American Project Scientist and head of the North American ALMA Science Center, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Alison Peck, Former ALMA Commissioning Scientists Team Leader, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Gianni Marconi, Commissioning Scientist, ALMA

The first of two shows about Mat Kaplan's journey to Chile's Atacama Desert for the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter small millimter Array, the most ambitious, Earth-based astronomy project in history.

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Drill Baby Drill! On Mars

03/11/2013 | 28:50

Guests

  • Luther Beegle, Curiosity Sampling System Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

With the first use of its drill and delivery of samples to its internal instruments, Curiosity is now a fully-functioning science station on Mars. JPL Sampling System Scientist Luther Beegle provides an update.

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Alan Stern's Golden Spike Sets Sights on the Moon

03/04/2013 | 28:50

Guests

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

Alan Stern is back to tell us about Golden Spike, his new company that plans to put human clients on the surface of the moon by the end of this decade.

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One In A Million!

02/25/2013 | 37:45

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UC Berkeley SETI researcher Andrew Siemion and his colleagues have put an upper limit on the number of civilizations in our galaxy that are capable of giving us a call. He’ll explain their reasoning and provide other search updates.

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Chris Lewicki of Planetary Resources: Mining Asteroids For Fun and Profit

02/18/2013 | 31:25

Guests

  • Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources

Chris Lewicki is the passionate President of Planetary Resources. He leads the company's mission to find, capture and deliver asteroids to its space-resource hungry clients.

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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

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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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