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Planetary Radio Show Archives: 2017

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Ready for Space: LightSail 2 Update

03/22/2017 | 34:49

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The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 solar sail spacecraft is ready to be packed away for its ride to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Mat Kaplan checks the mission’s status with team members.

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The Great American Eclipse—Be Part of It!

03/15/2017 | 36:27

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It’s coming! Will you be in the path of totality? Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons says be there if you can.

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Hope for Pluto—Should We Re-Redefine Planets?

03/08/2017 | 33:51

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Planetary geologist Kirby Runyon is lead author of an abstract that proposes a new, geophysical definition of what a planet is.

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Space Policy Edition #10 - Special Guest Laura Delgado Lopez, SpaceX to the Moon, looming budget cuts

03/03/2017 | 1:19:25

Guests

  • Laura Delgado Lopez, Commercial Partnerships and International Strategic Account Manager, Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems Segment

Laura Delgado Lopez from the Harris Corporation joins us to talk about the growing number of countries getting into the space business, particularly in Latin America. Casey, Jason, and Mat also take stock of SpaceX's plans to send humans around the Moon in 2018, and how the newly-announced Trump budget cuts could hurt NASA.

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The Worlds of TRAPPIST-1

03/01/2017 | 33:56

Guests

  • Sara Seager, Astrophysicist and Planetary Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The discovery of seven, Earth-sized planets in a nearby solar system was announced last week. Astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager joins us to share her excitement about this find that includes three planets in the habitable zone.

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Planetary Radio Live: Near Earth Objects—The Killer Asteroid Threat

02/22/2017 | 1:38:52

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology / LightSail Program Manager, The Planetary Society
  • Paul Chodas, Manager, NASA NEO Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA
  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab

Leaders of the quest to find, understand and protect ourselves from the asteroids and comets called Near Earth Objects gathered with host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about this existential threat from space.

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Nazis in Space? Rod Pyle’s Amazing Stories of the Space Age

02/15/2017 | 52:45

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Rod Pyle reveals bizarre yet fascinating space projects of the past in his new book. Pyle also exposes previously classified information about missions and spacecraft you thought you knew.

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Earth Microbes! Welcome to Mars

02/07/2017 | 33:41

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University of Arkansas grad student Rebecca Mickol and her team have demonstrated that some Earth bacteria can survive in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars. Could Martian bacteria thrive under the same conditions?

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Space Policy Edition #9 – Congress Plots New Space Legislation Amid Trump’s Tumultuous First Two Weeks

02/06/2017 | 48:33

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It’s still too early to say where the Trump Administration will take NASA, but there are a few hints. Congress is not waiting. Casey, Jason and Mat review a draft of the space agency’s authorization bill and a separate act that asks NASA to lay out its plans for humans to reach Mars.

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The Final Countdown at Saturn

01/31/2017 | 46:17

Guests

  • Linda Spilker, Cassini Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Planetary Radio’s most frequent guest, Project Scientist Linda Spilker, returns with another update on the Cassini mission that is approaching its grand finale.

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Ice, Snow and Lava: Exploring Antarctica’s Mount Erebus

01/24/2017 | 42:27

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Earth’s southernmost active volcano may also be its most remote. Rosaly Lopes and Michael Carroll recently spent a few frigid days on the slopes of Antarctica’s Mount Erebus. What they learned may help us understand volcanos on other worlds.

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Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan Leaves NASA

01/17/2017 | 50:22

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For well over three years, planetary scientist Ellen Stofan has worked directly with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to help coordinate and expand the myriad science efforts by the agency. We talk with her as she ends this remarkable tenure.

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Ben Miller Says The Aliens are Coming!

01/10/2017 | 1:13:11

Guests

  • Ben Miller, British comedian, actor, science communicator and author

We are joined by British physicist turned comedian and actor Ben Miller, author of The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Space Policy Edition #8 - A Transition "Trumpdate", 2016 in Review, and Answering Your Questions

01/05/2017 | 1:19:19

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After an opening update on the presidential transition, Casey, Jason and Mat share their nominees for the biggest space exploration events of 2016. Then they take on fascinating questions submitted by listeners. You’ll also hear the surprising early announcement of NASA’s next Discovery missions.

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A Little Rocket Company Shoots for the Moon

01/03/2017 | 57:33

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CEO Randa Milliron introduces us to Interorbital Systems, which wants to put your payload in orbit for as little as $8,000. Can they do it?

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