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Stories, updates, insights, and original analysis from The Planetary Society.

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.

Mars Needs Plutonium! (And so do Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Points Beyond)

Society Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator Casey Dreier visits Planetary Radio with the tale of an element that is essential to exploration of deep space.

America's Pastime: Planetary Science

Apologies to baseball fans and others for the theme of this week's Planetary Radio preview, which has star player Emily Lakdawalla on deck.

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