Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: A radar view of Venus reveals the surface of the cloud-shrouded planet., Credit: Mattias Malmer/NASA/JPL

Giving Venus the Love (and Science) She Deserves (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

We have so much to learn about Venus, says JPL scientist Sue Smrekar. What we learn will help us understand our own world and Mars. Sue joins us this week to make a great ...
Caption: This large scale simulation of galaxies represents the large-scale light distribution in the Universe., Credit: Max Planck Institute

Dark Energy’s Co-Discoverer and the Leader of Chinese Space Science (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

It has been 20 years since we learned the expansion of the universe is accelerating due to the mysterious force called dark energy. Saul Perlmutter shared the Nobel Prize in ...
Caption: This beautiful image of Mars’ south pole was captured by the Mars Express orbiter in 2015.  Now there’s good evidence for liquid water 1.5 kilometers below it., Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/Bill Dunford

Diving Into That Lake on Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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. Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla ...
Caption: Asteroid Ryugu imaged by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft, Credit: JAXA

Hayabusa2 Reaches a Dark Diamond in Space (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Japan’s Hayabusa2 is just 6 kilometers from asteroid Ryugu as it prepares to snatch samples of the space rock for return to Earth. Mission Project Manager Hitoshi Kuninaka ...
Caption: A view of Oukaïmeden Observatory, with the Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey (MOSS) dome in the foreground., Credit: Morocco Oukaïmeden Sky Survey

An African Observatory Hunts Killer Asteroids (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

One of the Planetary Society’s 2018 Shoemaker Near-Earth Object grants has gone to the astronomers searching the sky from a mountaintop in the North African nation of ...
Caption: ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst learns how to use a sextant in the ISS cupola., Credit: NASA

Something Old and Something New: Exciting Research on the International Space Station (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Sextants have helped sailors find their way across oceans for centuries. Now one is onboard the International Space Station so that astronauts can learn to find their way ...
Caption: This simulated perspective view shows Occator Crater, measuring 57 miles (92 kilometers) across and 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) deep, which contains the brightest area on Ceres. This region has been the subject of intense interest since Dawn's approach to th, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Dwarf Planet Ceres Thrills as a Dying Visitor Closes In (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Ceres is the queen of the asteroid belt. Her first Earthly visitor is nearing its last days in spectacular style. Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman ...
Caption: Artist’s concept of asteroid passing Earth, Credit: ESA / P.Carril

It’s Asteroid Week with NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The dinosaurs regret their lack of a space program. 200 million years later, humans are gearing up to defend themselves from a species-ending rock. The many challenges ...
Caption: Kathryn Sullivan receives the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award, Credit: National Space Society

Kathryn Sullivan and More at the International Space Development Conference (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Freeman Dyson wasn’t the only space star at the ISDC. Mat talks with former astronaut and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan and leaders of the Cassini mission. Planetary ...
Caption: Freeman Dyson speaks at the 2018 International Space Development Conference after receiving the National Space Society’s Heinlein Award., Credit: National Space Society

A Conversation with Freeman Dyson (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

There’s so much more to Freeman Dyson than the Dyson Sphere. The mathematician, scientist and author is one of the greatest and most original minds of our era. He has much ...