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Planetary Radio LIVE Continues! With John Callas of the Mars Exploration Rovers and Joy Crisp of the Mars Science Laboratory

January 02, 2012 • 0:28:50

Here's the second half of our December show recorded in front of a live audience: Mars rover updates, two more spacey songs from KJ Williams, and the big finish of Emily Lakdawalla's proof that she is not covering up evidence of aliens in our solar system! You'll also hear a brand new What's Up segment from Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan.

Planetary Radio LIVE! With John Callas of the Mars Exploration Rovers and Joy Crisp of the Mars Science Laboratory

December 26, 2011 • 0:28:50

We once again go before a live audience for an all Mars rover show. We've also got singer KJ Williams, Bill Nye the Planetary Guy, and Emily Lakdawalla's proof that she is not covering up evidence of aliens in our solar system!

Opportunity Reaches Endeavour, and Planetary Radio Wins an Award!

September 05, 2011 • 0:28:52

Opportunity reaches Endeavour Crater, Emily Lakdawalla visits a New Horizons science meeting about Pluto, Bill Nye discusses a planet made of diamond, and Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan celebrate the award of a Parsec award to Planetary Radio.

Talking With Mary Roach, Author of Packing for Mars

August 16, 2010 • 0:28:52

Talking With Mary Roach, Author of Packing for Mars

It's Mars Rover Opportunity, Only Smarter

April 12, 2010 • 0:28:52

JPL engineer Daniel Gaines helped develop new software for Opportunity to autonomously select objects for close-up imaging as she races across Mars. Emily Lakdawalla is thrilled by evidence of recently active volcanos on Venus. Bill Nye salutes three decades of service by retiring Planetary Society founder Lou Friedman.

Mars Rover Project Manager John Callas

February 01, 2010 • 0:28:52

John Callas tells us why an end to Spirit's roving does not mean the end of her work on the red planet. Emily Lakdawalla looks to the other side of Mars where Opportunity is rolling up to a baby crater, and Bill Nye is head over heels for the highest ever skydive.

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!

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