Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Artist concept of the LightSail 2 spacecraft sailing over Earth, Credit: The Planetary Society/Josh Spradling

Flight by Light: A LightSail 2 Mission Preview (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The day is almost here. With the launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket, The Planetary Society will begin its mission to prove that a tiny, orbiting spacecraft can be propelled by ...
Caption: Mat Kaplan (far left) at UC San Diego with guests David Brin, Brian Keating, Andrew Friedman and Jason Gallicchio, Credit: Mat Kaplan

Quasars and Quanta: Exploring Einstein’s Quantum Riddle (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Even though his own work led to it, Albert Einstein never cared for quantum mechanics concepts like entanglement, which he called “spooky action at a distance.” While there’s ...
Caption: •	The Williams College Eclipse Expedition was in Salem, Oregon, for the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017., Credit: •	Jay Pasachoff and the Williams College solar Eclipse Expeditions

Starchaser: Extraordinary Astronomer Jay Pasachoff (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Jay Pasachoff visits Planetary Society headquarters for a conversation about the latest edition of his and Alex Filippenko’s monumental textbook The Cosmos. But that’s just ...
Caption: Artist's concept of humans exploring Mars, Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

Sharing a Passion for Mars at the Humans to Mars Summit (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

This year’s Humans to Mars Summit in Washington DC once again ended with a panel of Martian all-stars talking about their hopes for a future that includes the Red Planet. ...
Caption: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Credit: NASA

Talking with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The former Oklahoma congressman and Navy aviator stepped into the leadership role barely a year ago. Now he wants to see humans back on the Moon by 2024 as a vital stepping ...
Caption: LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo clean room, Credit: Mat Kaplan

A Last Visit With LightSail 2 at the Cubesat Developers Workshop (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan visits Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a last, clean room visit with LightSail 2, the Planetary Society’s solar sailing cubesat. While there, Mat also talked to ...
Caption: Mat Kaplan and his Planetary Radio Live panel at the Planetary Defense Conference public event.  From left to right:  Mat, Nancy Chabot, Gerhard Drolshagen, Kelly Fast, Rüdiger Jehn, and Carrie Nugent, Credit: Antonio Peronace for The Planetary Society

Planetary Radio Live Defends Planet Earth! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Leaders of the global effort to avoid a catastrophic Near Earth Object impact gathered at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference. On the evening of May 1st, The Planetary ...
Caption: Artist’s impression of a recently discovered super-Earth that orbits the nearby star GJ 1214. Discovered with the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope at La Silla, GJ 1214b is the second super- Earth exoplanet for which astronomers have det, Credit: ESO / L. Calcada

The Skies of Super-Earths and Mini-Neptunes (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

There appear to be more mini-Neptunes (also known as Super Earths) across our galaxy than any other type of planet. Hannah Wakeford wants to learn if some of them support ...
Caption: Artist concept of the Lucy spacecraft during one of its Trojan asteroid flybys., Credit: NASA

Lucy in the Sky With Asteroids (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

A rare alignment of planets and other objects will enable the solar-powered Lucy spacecraft to examine seven asteroids, six of which are among the thousands of Trojan ...