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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Big Science, Big Rocket at the Marshall Space Flight Center

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

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

80 Min

Sep 5, 2018

Space, Rockets, and a Senatorial Encounter in Huntsville, Alabama

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

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

56 Min

Aug 29, 2018

Pluto Occults! Join Us on the Mountain

Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

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.

36 Min

Aug 22, 2018

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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

79 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #11 – Big Science and a Skinny Budget

79 min
Mar 2, 2017
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Space Policy Edition #10 - Special Guest Laura Delgado Lopez, SpaceX to the Moon, looming budget cuts

98 min
Feb 21, 2017
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Planetary Radio Live: Near Earth Objects—The Killer Asteroid Threat

52 min
Feb 14, 2017
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Nazis in Space? Rod Pyle’s Amazing Stories of the Space Age

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