Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.
The Planetary Society’s Space Book Club
Announcing a new space book club, where Planetary Society members can discuss great books and connect directly with authors and other experts.
A Personal Message to Planetary Radio Listeners
Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan has an announcement for listeners.
These are not my Martians
Mat Kaplan explains his beef with the National Geographic Mars documentary-drama series.
Announcing Planetary Radio: Space Policy Edition
Announcing Planetary Radio Extra: Space Policy Edition (PRE:SPE for short)—a new spinoff of Planetary Radio that will delve into the weeds of space policy and politics.
Leonard Nimoy: A Science Fan's Appreciation
Mat Kaplan pays a heartfelt tribute to a science fiction icon.
Remembering Charles Townes
Mat Kaplan honors the memory of a scientific pioneer.
Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”
Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.
“Wanderers”: A Glorious New Film About Where We May Voyage
Mat Kaplan gives his take on the stunningly beautiful short film that's been making the rounds on the internet,
Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”
Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres,
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree
Mat Kaplan reviews a wonderful new biography on Neil Armstrong, written with the support of Armstrong and many of the other pioneering astronauts.
Illustris: A realistic virtual universe
Watch another universe unfold as simulated by Illustris, using a model that required 8,000 processors running in parallels 3 months to create!
Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure
Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.
Planetary Radio: The Gemini Planet Imager
It's very nice to infer the existence of planets circling other stars. It's even better to see them. This new instrument has just become the most powerful exoplanet viewer yet created.
Planetary Radio: NEOWISE PI Amy Mainzer
NEOWISE has reawakened to discover many more asteroids and comets. The mission leader thanks the amateur astronomers who follow up on these discoveries.
Planetary Radio: Ten Years A Roving: The Mars Exploration Rovers
This week's show looks back over ten years of exploration by Spirit and Opportunity. Writer A.J.S. Rayl recounts the challenges encountered early in the mission, and how an outstanding team triumphed.
This Week's Planetary Radio: Reporting Big News from AGU
Major revelations about our solar system at last week's AGU conference came from near and far. Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier share a few, while Bill Nye salutes China's Chang'e 3 lunar lander and rover.
Planetary Radio: Comet ISON, Rest in Pieces
Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists.
Planetary Radio: Rise of the Europa Underground?
This week's PlanRad talks to one of the creators of a new effort to build support for the Europa Clipper, a spacecraft that would tell us far more about what's going on under that icy moon's surface.
Planetary Radio: Looking for Intelligence in a Flash
An update on the Planetary Society's improved Optical SETI search, with Harvard's Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead.
PLANETARY RADIO LIVE: MAVEN Launches for Mars
Host Mat Kaplan will be joined by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla for this special live event.