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Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas

July 27, 2009 • 0:30:00

John Callas reports on Spirit and Opportunity, Bill Nye debates the future of humans on the Moon, and Bruce Betts looks to the Perseid meteor shower in his What's Up review of the night sky.

A Mars Exploration Rover Update with Project Scientist Bruce Banerdt

May 04, 2009 • 0:28:52

Bruce Banerdt provides a status report on Spirit and Opportunity. Bill Nye has something old and something new to talk about, and Bruce Betts returns from the Planetary Defense Conference in Spain with news of Near Earth Objects and other things in the night sky.

Celebrate the Mars Rovers With Jim Bell

January 19, 2009 • 0:28:52

Jim Bell and Bill Nye talk Spirit and Opportunity in celebration of 5 years on Mars. Emily Lakdawalla's Q&A looks forward to a Mars flyby by the Dawn spacecraft.

Landing on Mars: How Hard Can It Be?

June 09, 2008 • 0:28:52

JPL's Rob Manning explores just a few of the challenges of landing a spacecraft on another planet. We also get a Phoenix mission update from Emily Lakdawalla, who says not everything is going well.

A Mars Rover Update From Steve Squyres

April 14, 2008 • 0:28:52

Steve Squyres gives us a status report on Spirit and Opportunity, and Bill Nye comments on the rings that appear to surround one of Saturn's small moons. Last week Emily Lakdawalla told us why objects in space are round, but this time her Q&A explains why they're not.

Mars Exploration Rover Program Manager John Callas

November 19, 2007 • 0:28:52

John Callas provides a status report on Spirit and Opportunity. Emily Lakdawalla is looking at brilliant Comet Holmes in her Q&A report, and Bruce Betts also makes room for Holmes in his What's Up! review of the night sky.

Rob Manning Says Landing on Mars is Hard!

April 24, 2006 • 0:28:52

Landing people on Mars will be hard, but JPL's Rob Manning and other engineers are working on solutions.

A Martian Anniversary for Spirit and Opportunity!

November 28, 2005 • 0:28:50

One Martian year of Spirit and Opportunity on Mars with Jim Bell, Cornell University; Q and A on a crusty moon; special trivia contest prize.

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.

A Year of Roving Across Mars

January 03, 2005 • 0:28:50

We celebrate one (Earth) year of Mars Exploration Rovers on the red planet with Principal Investigator Steve Squyres and Project Manager Jim Erickson; Emily Lakdawalla goes where no spacecraft has gone before.

Opportunity Reaches Endurance Crater on Mars

May 10, 2004 • 0:28:50

Steve Squyres and Phil Christensen discuss Opportunity's latest goal, Endeavour Crater; Emily Lakdawalla knows how to find a spacecraft sailing out beyond Pluto, and Bruce Betts has a lock on a couple of comets.

Magnets Roving on Mars

April 19, 2004 • 0:25:15

This week we hear about the strategically located magnets on the Mars Exploration Rovers and how are telling us more about the red planet.

Celebrate With The Mars Exploration Rover Team

April 12, 2004 • 0:22:40

With lots to celebrate, The Planetary Society threw a party for the scientists and engineers who have made Spirit and Opportunity such amazing successes, and you're invited!

Life on Mars...and Earth

April 05, 2004 • 0:29:54

We visit Harvard biologist Andrew Knoll for a conversation about finding life on the red planet. Emily Lakdawalla is seeing red on another of Earth's neighbors, and Bruce Betts spins a tale of Death Stars, cockroaches and trivia contests on What's Up!

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.

Spirit Lands on Mars!

January 05, 2004 • 0:30:35

Follow the incredibly exciting and finally triumphant arrival on Mars of the Mars Exploration Rover as it happened at Wild About Mars, the Planetary Society's big weekend event at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Steve Squyres Is Ready for Mars

December 22, 2003 • 0:27:42

Doctor Steven Squyres talks about the challenges, human and robotic, facing the Mars Exploration Rover mission; Emily Lakdawalla is watching for shooting stars...on Mars, and Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan attend the Planetary Society's holiday party.

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