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Space Policy Edition #15 – Congressman Rick Larsen, Could Russia Exit the ISS?

August 04, 2017 • 1:23:07

New U.S. sanctions against Russia have reignited speculation that global politics could undermine cooperation in the International Space Station. Could Russia cut off rides for US astronauts to the ISS? Later, Casey Dreier joins Spark Science host Dr. Regina Barber Degraaff for a conversation with U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, Democratic representative of Washington state’s 2nd District. We also check in on NASA's 2018 budget, which is currently moving through the Senate. Did they provide funding for a new Mars orbiter?

Celebrating the Admiral of the Solar System

December 02, 2013 • 29:30

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.

Cosmos 1: Solar Sail Special Report

June 27, 2005 • 0:28:50

Cosmos 1: Solar Sail Special Report

A Visit With Spirit Mission Manager Mark Adler

January 19, 2005 • 0:28:47

As the incredibly successful Mars Exploration Rover mission continues, Planetary Radio talks with Spirit's manager about what is being accomplished. We also hear from the second pair of Student Astronauts.

Jim Bell, The Pancam Man!

March 01, 2004 • 0:29:22

Planetary Radio talks with the developer of the Pancam on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Jim Bell. We also feature the last pair of Student Astronauts, and another visit with Astrobots Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust.

The Astrobots are Back on Our Show!

February 09, 2004 • 0:26:19

After a long hiatus, Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust return to the air. You'll also hear from Mars Exploration Rover Entry, Descent and Landing Chief Engineer Wayne Lee, and from two more of the Student Astronauts.

Mars Exploration Rover Flight Director Chris Lewicki

February 02, 2004 • 0:29:11

Opportunity is on a roll and Spirit is almost back to full health as we visit with the young Flight Director for the mission. We also hear from two more of the Student Astronauts.

Opportunity Lands and Hope Builds for Spirit

January 26, 2004 • 0:34:16

We celebrate the perfect landing of Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with special guest Rob Manning, plus lots more, including two more Student Astronauts, and a "name that outcropping" contest from Bruce Betts.

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