Planetary Radio • Jun 30, 2015

Saving the Planet: Voices From the Planetary Defense Conference

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Linda Billings

Consultant to NASA’s Astrobiology Program and Planetary Defense Coordination Office

James Burke

Project Manager, Ranger program

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Paul Chodas

Manager, NASA NEO Program Office for Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Tom Jones

Astronaut for Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Nahum Melamed

Project Manager for Aerospace Corporation

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Jason Reinhardt

MacArthur Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow for Stanford University

Travis Brashears

Undergraduate Student for University of California, Berkeley

Philip Lubin

Professor of Physics for University of California, Santa Barbara

We’ve already brought you Planetary Radio Live from the 2015 PDC near Rome, Italy. Now you’ll hear a small sampling of the scientists, engineers, policymakers and media experts who spent five days considering how humanity will respond to a potentially disastrous threat. Bruce Betts celebrates the great Jupiter-Venus conjunction in What’s Up. Bill Nye and Emily Lakdawalla return next week.

Some of the attendees at the 2015 Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy
Some of the attendees at the 2015 Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy Image: ESA CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

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