Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier. Regular features raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Join host Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla as they dive deep into the latest space news. The monthly Space Policy Edition takes you inside the DC beltway where the future of the US space program hangs in the balance. Visit planetary.org/radio for the space trivia contest, an episode guide, and much more.

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Space Policy Edition: After the Midterms—Looking Ahead with Marcia Smith

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

Planetary Society Chief Advocate Casey Dreier welcomes back space policy expert Marcia Smith for an insider’s look at the aftermath and what may be ahead.

50 Min

Nov 16, 2018

Moon Mission 3D from Queen Guitarist Brian May and David Eicher

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

You haven’t seen the best pictures from the Apollo era and other great space achievements till you’ve seen them in 3D. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May is also mad about stereoscopic imagery.

35 Min

Nov 14, 2018

Where Do We Come From? – Exploring the Origins of Life Lab

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

They may be the most important questions in all of science: Where do we come from? Are we alone?

38 Min

Nov 7, 2018

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43 min
Oct 31, 2018
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The Kepler mission has ended. Listen to highlights of the October 30th media briefing that included the father of the fantastically successful planet finder, William Borucki.

49 min
Oct 24, 2018
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NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Lab are preparing to send NEA Scout on a long, light-propelled journey to a near Earth asteroid

36 min
Oct 17, 2018
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Linda Spilker returns with exciting, just-published research enabled by the 20-year mission’s enormous success

60 min
Oct 10, 2018
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We salute humankind’s long history of stargazing by checking in on what will be our planet’s largest telescope.

69 min
Oct 5, 2018
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It's NASA's 60th birthday! On October 1st, 1958 NASA began operations. We provide the audio equivalent of looking at the space program's baby pictures as we explore its origin story

48 min
Oct 3, 2018
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The Dean of space policy, John Logsdon, returns with stories and a new book of original documents that shaped the US space program from the birth of NASA to SpaceX

40 min
Sep 26, 2018
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A mostly SpaceX episode as the ambitious company provides updated details regarding its huge new rocket and introduces its first astronauts

80 min
Sep 5, 2018
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Mat Kaplan’s Huntsville, Alabama trip wraps up with a tour of the historic and history-making Marshall Space Flight Center

56 min
Aug 29, 2018
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Host Mat Kaplan begins a two-episode visit to Huntsville and the Marshall Space Flight Center, recorded this week at the US Space and Rocket Center

36 min
Aug 22, 2018
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Pluto passed in front of a star on the evening of August 14. Mat Kaplan joined pro and amateur astronomers on a mountain to observe this rare event.

55 min
Aug 16, 2018
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We have so much to learn about Venus, says JPL scientist Sue Smrekar

39 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Space exploration leaders at the 2018 Committee on Space Research Assembly in Pasadena, California

60 min
Aug 3, 2018
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The Planetary Society's new principles for human spaceflight, and serious questions about whether we are on the path to Mars

47 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Our world was rocked by last week’s announcement of good radar evidence for a liquid water “lake” under the Red Planet’s south pole.

53 min
Jul 25, 2018
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Japanese probe is just 20 kilometers from asteroid Ryugu as it prepares to snatch samples of the space rock for return to Earth

42 min
Jul 18, 2018
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One of the Planetary Society’s 2018 Shoemaker Near-Earth Object grants has gone to astronomers searching the sky from a mountaintop in the North African nation of Morocco

50 min
Jul 11, 2018
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18th century sailors would know how to use a sextant just sent to the ISS, along with an amazing tool for basic science called the Cold Atom Lab.

106 min
Jul 6, 2018
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National security expert Dr. Brian Weeden joins the show to explain President Donald Trump's announcement regarding a Space Force.

32 min
Jul 4, 2018
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Ceres is the queen of the asteroid belt. Her first Earthly visitor is nearing its last days in spectacular style.

40 min
Jun 27, 2018
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Watch for falling rocks! Asteroid Week comes to Planetary Radio, bringing you the best of space exploration and astronomy.

45 min
Jun 20, 2018
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Mat talks with former astronaut and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, leaders of the Cassini mission, an expert on dental care in space and others on the Planetary Society's weekly space development and astronomy podcast.

39 min
Jun 13, 2018
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The great mathematician, physicist, futurist and author talks with host Mat Kaplan. Planetary Radio brings you the best of space exploration and astronomy.

71 min
Jun 1, 2018
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President Trump just signed a new space policy directive targeting the regulations surrounding commercial spaceflight. Casey Dreier, Jason Davis and Mat Kaplan dive into the implications.

35 min
May 30, 2018
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Planetary geologist Ellen Stofan has just become Director of the most popular museum in the United States. Planetary Radio brings you the best of space exploration and astronomy.

54 min
May 23, 2018
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The entire dramatic tale of the New Horizons mission has now been told by Principal Investigator Alan Stern and his co-author, astrobiologist David Grinspoon.

38 min
May 16, 2018
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The great adventure awaits! Mat Kaplan hosts an entertaining panel discussion at the 2018 Humans to Mars Summit in Washington DC.

36 min
May 9, 2018
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NEOWISE Principal Investigator Amy Mainzer returns with an update on this phenomenal success and a look ahead toward a much more powerful asteroid and comet hunter called NEOCam.

63 min
May 4, 2018
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Can a private entity really take over the International Space Station?

81 min
May 2, 2018
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No mission to Mars has done what InSight will do.

95 min
Apr 25, 2018
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Join us for an utterly fascinating live conversation with Emily Lakdawalla about her brand new book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.

54 min
Apr 18, 2018
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Host Mat Kaplan once again attends the worldwide party for space.

31 min
Apr 11, 2018
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We have begun to understand the composition of worlds that are hundreds of trillions of kilometers from Earth. Astronomer Nikole Lewis has used the Hubble Space Telescope to do this with four planets circling a star called TRAPPIST-1.

77 min
Apr 6, 2018
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Planetary Society Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier sits down with Lori Garver for a fascinating insider’s view of the world’s largest and most successful space agency.

68 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The multi-award winning science fiction author, futurist and speaker returns to Planetary Radio for a wide-ranging conversation about robots and humans in space, empathetic artificial intelligences, how we can survive the Singularity and much more.

44 min
Mar 7, 2018
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Space is hard. Sample collection and return is harder still. That’s why the radically-simplified PlanetVac system from Honeybee Robotics is so intriguing.

49 min
Feb 28, 2018
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Experience A Message From Earth - Inspired by the Voyager Golden Record

53 min
Feb 15, 2018
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Space Policy Edition Special: The 2019 President’s Budget Request Unveiled

30 min
Feb 2, 2018
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Space Policy Edition #21: Bill Nye and the State of the Union

38 min
Jan 30, 2018
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Going to Sea to Sail Through Space: Orion Ocean Recovery Testing

63 min
Jan 4, 2018
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Space Policy Edition #20: Looking back on the year in space policy. Also, your questions!

78 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Looking Back, Looking Forward with the Planetary Society All-Stars

37 min
Dec 19, 2017
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Exploring the Latest Planetary Science Discoveries With Emily Lakdawalla

92 min
Nov 30, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #19: When did the private space age begin? Much earlier than you think.

36 min
Nov 14, 2017
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The Honorable Adam Schiff: Another Congressional Space Enthusiast

59 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #18: Jim Bridenstine vs. the Senate and First Meeting of the National Space Council

66 min
Oct 31, 2017
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André Bormanis and Emily Lakdawalla on Life, the Universe and Everything

90 min
Oct 5, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #17: The 75th Anniversary of the Rocket Age, with Dr. Michael Neufeld

52 min
Aug 31, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #16: NASA's Flagship Missions: Are They Worth It?

35 min
Aug 22, 2017
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Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker’s Last Appearance Before the Grand Finale

60 min
Aug 8, 2017
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Dark Energy Attracts? Astrophysicists Jason Rhodes and Alina Kiessling

83 min
Aug 3, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #15 – Congressman Rick Larsen, Could Russia Exit the ISS?

64 min
Jul 6, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #14 – Ice Giants and Ocean Worlds Beckon

70 min
Jun 1, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #13 – The 2018 Budget Proposal and Is Mars Exploration in Retrograde?

87 min
May 4, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #12 – Is Space Policy Stagnant? With Special Guest Marcia Smith

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