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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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My old sponge-brain is happy

By Thru-Way Nick - Sep 07 2019
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I love the content and pace of this podcast. Hear the inner workings of space and science. And Bruce's Random Space faaAaAAaa🎵cts.

Always worth a listen!

By LeeSiff - Aug 23 2019
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Space lovers will find this show incredible. Those new to space or slightly interested will find the show informative, high quality, and an opportunity to dig in a little deeper. The episodes are very relevant to current events in space. The host Mat Kaplan does a great job articulating the topics and questions. Everyone in the show is passionate about their field/projects and it really shows through in the programming. Ad Astra!

iTunes Ratings

639 Ratings
Average Ratings
593
16
15
6
9

My old sponge-brain is happy

By Thru-Way Nick - Sep 07 2019
Read more
I love the content and pace of this podcast. Hear the inner workings of space and science. And Bruce's Random Space faaAaAAaa🎵cts.

Always worth a listen!

By LeeSiff - Aug 23 2019
Read more
Space lovers will find this show incredible. Those new to space or slightly interested will find the show informative, high quality, and an opportunity to dig in a little deeper. The episodes are very relevant to current events in space. The host Mat Kaplan does a great job articulating the topics and questions. Everyone in the show is passionate about their field/projects and it really shows through in the programming. Ad Astra!
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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.

Rank #1: Space, SETI, the Singularity and Shostak

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Where is everybody? That was the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked when he wondered why we hadn’t yet met ET. What will happen if we do? Will humans lose the will to explore?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07 2018
59 mins
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Rank #2: Jim Bell Welcomes “The Interstellar Age”

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Planetary scientist and author Jim Bell has just written “The Interstellar Age—Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission.” He talks with Mat Kaplan about the magnificent grand tour of the outer solar system that is now headed toward the stars.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03 2015
46 mins
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Rank #3: Ann Druyan and the Breakthrough SETI Initiatives

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The Breakthrough Initiatives will pump $100 million into the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the next 10 years, vastly expanding humanity’s quest to learn if it has company in the universe. Among the leaders of this brave new project is Cosmos creator Ann Druyan. Join us for a special, extended conversation with Ann.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04 2015
30 mins
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Rank #4: 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 #5: The Royal Observatory, Greenwich and the Quest for Longitude

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Come with us on a visit to the home of the prime meridian for a conversation with the curator of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich about the race to create a practical means for determining longitude.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28 2015
43 mins
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Rank #6: 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 #7: Reflections of Humanity in a Spacesuit for Moonwalkers

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Host Mat Kaplan in a long and fascinating conversation with Nicholas de Monchaux, author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo. This great book is about much more than creation of the suits that allowed humans to walk and work on the Moon. Jason Davis shares pointers on looking for LightSail 2 overhead, while Bruce Betts provides a solar sail update in this week’s What’s Up. And you might win a Planetary Radio t-shirt! Learn more about this week’s guests and topics at: http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0814-2019-spacesuit-nicholas-de-monchaux.html

Aug 14 2019
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #8: A Small, Distant World: Kepler 138b

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SETI Institute scientist Jason Rowe returns to tell us about the smallest exoplanet so far that has had its size and mass determined. Jason also talks with Mat about our ever-expanding knowledge of these worlds that circle faraway stars.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14 2015
28 mins
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Rank #9: Getting Humans to Mars

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Three NASA leaders talk with host Mat Kaplan about the progress we're making toward leaving footprints on the Red Planet.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31 2016
56 mins
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Rank #10: 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 #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: The Worlds of TRAPPIST-1

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The discovery of seven, Earth-sized planets in a nearby solar system was announced last week. Astrophysicist and planetary scientist Sara Seager joins us to share her excitement about this find that includes three planets in the habitable zone.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01 2017
33 mins
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Rank #13: To Mars! With National Geographic

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The National Geographic Channel’s “Mars” miniseries has begun. Mat Kaplan attended a kickoff for the ambitious docudrama last summer. You’ll hear from series technical advisor Bobby Braun, author of “The Martian” Andy Weir, Cosmos creator Ann Druyan and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22 2016
46 mins
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Rank #14: Where Do We Come From? The Origin of Life

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Astrobiology is the discipline that explores the origin of life in the universe, and whether life exists anywhere other than Earth. It’s an increasingly exciting field according to University of Washington Research Associate Michael Wong. Mike reviews the current thinking and provides some of the chemical basis for life as we know it, and possibly as we don’t know it. Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla explains why we don’t see stars in many images of bodies across the solar system, while Society CEO Bill Nye marks the end of the US government shutdown that has hampered so much science. Five more winners will receive copies of First Man in this week’s What’s Up space trivia contest. Learn more at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0130-2019-michael-wong-life-origin.htmlLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30 2019
54 mins
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Rank #15: 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 #16: The Eyes of a New Mars Rover: Mastcam-Z

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Mat Kaplan attended a meeting of the science team for the zoom lens camera that will be atop the Mars 2020 rover mast. Planetary Scientist Jim Bell tells us how this new system will show us the Red Planet as we’ve never seen it before.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21 2018
49 mins
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Rank #17: 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 #18: Neil deGrasse Tyson

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The host of COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, returns to our show with a behind the scenes look at the spectacular television series.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06 2014
39 mins
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Rank #19: Sailing the Canyons of Titan

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Steep canyons on Saturn's moon Titan are filled with liquid methane. That's the discovery just announced by an international team of Cassini scientists, including Alex Hayes.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16 2016
38 mins
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Rank #20: Pluto and Titan and Iran, Oh My!

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Back to the annual meeting of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences this week, where Mat Kaplan visited with experts on worlds of ice including Titan and Pluto, with a side trip to the dunes of Iran.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15 2016
36 mins
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