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Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

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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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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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Love learning space policy!

By WhatsInAMojito - Aug 06 2019
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Thanks to this podcast I joined the planetary society. I’m not the most active member but I’m still really glad I joined/donate. When LightSail 2 flew, I got to tell my co workers I funded .001% of the craft.

Very entertaining and educational podcast!

By claudiamineiro28 - Aug 01 2019
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I’m so happy I found this podcast! I started on the episodes from 2018 and I listened to it every day. After two weeks I’m caught up and on the current episode and I can’t wait for the next one to come out! So educational and also very entertaining. I really love the “what’s up” segment because I love to go outside and look at the stars but I don’t know much about how to find the planets and constellations. But they tell you what’s in the sky and where to find it! All in all this is an amazing podcast that I am happy I stumbled upon!

iTunes Ratings

622 Ratings
Average Ratings
577
15
15
6
9

Love learning space policy!

By WhatsInAMojito - Aug 06 2019
Read more
Thanks to this podcast I joined the planetary society. I’m not the most active member but I’m still really glad I joined/donate. When LightSail 2 flew, I got to tell my co workers I funded .001% of the craft.

Very entertaining and educational podcast!

By claudiamineiro28 - Aug 01 2019
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I’m so happy I found this podcast! I started on the episodes from 2018 and I listened to it every day. After two weeks I’m caught up and on the current episode and I can’t wait for the next one to come out! So educational and also very entertaining. I really love the “what’s up” segment because I love to go outside and look at the stars but I don’t know much about how to find the planets and constellations. But they tell you what’s in the sky and where to find it! All in all this is an amazing podcast that I am happy I stumbled upon!
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Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science

Updated 14 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Planetary Radio Live with Bill Nye at Science Museum Oklahoma

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Join Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and host Mat Kaplan as they visit Oklahoma City’s outstanding public science museum.  You’ll meet University of Oklahoma researchers who are exploring Mars and learning how solar systems form across the universe. And we’ll hear about the Sooner state’s huge role in our exploration of the final frontier. Learn more about this week’s guests and topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0807-2019-planetary-radio-live-science-museum-oklahoma.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07 2019
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #2: Planetary Radio Live: Near Earth Objects—The Killer Asteroid Threat

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Leaders of the quest to find, understand and protect ourselves from the asteroids and comets called Near Earth Objects gathered with host Mat Kaplan for a live conversation about this existential threat from space.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22 2017
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #3: Getting Humans to Mars Without Breaking the Bank

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NASA scientist Harley Thronson tells us about a new initiative that is figuring out how we will get men and women to the red planet at a reasonable price. You can read their initial report. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Curiosity’s passage over dunes that made engineers nervous. Bill Nye reveals NASA’s plans for a lunar rover that may launch in 2018. Mat Kaplan joins Bruce Betts in a TV studio to record this week’s What’s Up segment. You can watch!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18 2014
28 mins
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Rank #4: Saving the Planet: Voices From the Planetary Defense Conference

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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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30 2015
28 mins
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Rank #5: Could the Soviet Union Have Won the Space Race?

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Space historian and policy expert John Logsdon joins Mat Kaplan for a fascinating conversation about how the US could have lost the race to the moon.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23 2016
46 mins
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Rank #6: NASA Leaders on Getting Humans to Mars

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The human journey to the Red Planet is long and hard, but Mat’s conversation with three NASA Associate Administrators at the Humans to Mars Summit was filled with cautious optimism.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #7: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe: A New Edition of “The Cosmos”

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Astronomers Jay Pasachoff and Alex Filippenko join us for a conversation about their newest version of their monumental textbook, "The Cosmos." Emily Lakdawalla helps us say good morning to the just-awakened Rosetta spacecraft, while Bill Nye is fascinated and puzzled by what looks like a jelly doughnut on the Martian surface.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21 2014
30 mins
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Rank #8: Ben Miller Says The Aliens are Coming!

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We are joined by British physicist turned comedian and actor Ben Miller, author of The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind our Search for Life in the Universe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10 2017
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #9: The Pale Red Dot: A Planet Called Proxima b

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The announcement was made just days ago. Co-discoverer Michael Endl tells us about the discovery of a roughly Earth-mass planet orbiting in the habitable zone of the closest star to our own.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30 2016
35 mins
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Rank #10: Cassini at Saturn: The Final Year

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The great Cassini spacecraft has a year to go before it plunges into the ringed planet. Project Scientist Linda Spilker returns with more amazing mission science.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20 2016
29 mins
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Rank #11: Civilizations Among the Clustered Stars?

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New research indicates that globular clusters—collections of up to a million stars—could provide stable environments for life, along with opportunities for interstellar civilizations. Lead author Rosanne Di Stefano joins us to explain.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26 2016
41 mins
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Rank #12: Space Policy Edition: The Home Front During Apollo (with Emily Margolis)

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Did the public support Project Apollo? Dr. Emily Margolis joins the show to explore the domestic politics and cultural impact of the space age throughout the 1960s. Despite the success of the lunar landings, there was more opposition to Apollo than we generally remember. Chief Advocate Casey Dreier also provides an update on some important developments in the U.S. Congress on the eve of their August recess—including some potentially good budget news for NASA. More resources about this month’s topics are at http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/space-policy-edition-40.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02 2019
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #13: Space Policy Edition #10 - Special Guest Laura Delgado Lopez, SpaceX to the Moon, looming budget cuts

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Laura Delgado Lopez from the Harris Corporation joins us to talk about the growing number of countries getting into the space business, particularly in Latin America. Casey, Jason, and Mat also take stock of SpaceX's plans to send humans around the Moon in 2018, and how the newly-announced Trump budget cuts could hurt NASA.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #14: Human Spaceflight: Coming Back to America

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Astronauts may soon ride on US rockets and in US spaceships for the first time since the last Space Shuttle flight. Jon Cowart of NASA is working with SpaceX toward the first launch of a Dragon spacecraft with humans on board.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24 2017
47 mins
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Rank #15: A Helicopter for Mars and a Major LightSail Announcement

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It will be the first flying machine on another world. Mars Helicopter Project Manager MiMi Aung shares her plans. There’s big news about The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2! You’ll hear it from embedded reporter Jason Davis and from LightSail Program Manager Bruce Betts, along with Bruce’s regular What’s Up look at the night sky. Learn more about this week’s guests and topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0731-2019-mars-helicopter-lightsail-2-success.htmlLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31 2019
37 mins
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Rank #16: The Great American Eclipse—Be Part of It!

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It’s coming! Will you be in the path of totality? Astronomers Without Borders President Mike Simmons says be there if you can.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15 2017
36 mins
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Rank #17: Why Mars? We’ve Got the Answers

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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.  Eight guests provide their diverse and inspiring reasons for humans to visit the Red Planet.  Bruce Betts later joins Mat to explore the Demon Star.  Learn more about this week’s topic and see images here: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2018/0516-h2m-why-mars-panel.htmlGuests include: Filmmaker Nicholas Agnew, creator of Seat 25Consultant Jeff Bingham, former NASA Associate Administrator for Legislative AffairsJim Garvin, Chief Scientist, Goddard Space Flight CenterJanet Ivey, Emmy award-winning creator of Janet’s Planet“Astronaut Abby” Abigail HarrisonKeri Kukral, Raw Science and the Raw Science Film FestivalSaralyn Mark, MD, iGiant founder and presidentArtemis Westenberg, Explore Mars president, director and co-founderLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16 2018
38 mins
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Rank #18: Microbes in Orbit: Cheryl Nickerson’s Revealing Biomedical Research

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You may have heard that the sometimes deadly Salmonella bacterium becomes stronger in microgravity. Cheryl Nickerson tell us about this and other results her team has conducted in low Earth orbit.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08 2014
42 mins
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Rank #19: Elisa Quintana on the Discovery of Earth 2.0

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Kepler-186f is the very first exoplanet that is both the size of our own world and in the habitable zone surrounding its star. SETI Institute scientist Elisa Quintana is lead author of the paper announcing its existence.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24 2014
28 mins
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Rank #20: Ice, Snow and Lava: Exploring Antarctica’s Mount Erebus

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Earth’s southernmost active volcano may also be its most remote. Rosaly Lopes and Michael Carroll recently spent a few frigid days on the slopes of Antarctica’s Mount Erebus. What they learned may help us understand volcanos on other worlds.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24 2017
42 mins
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