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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Artist Concept of the Mars 2020 Rover, with Mastcam-Z, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Eyes of a New Mars Rover: Mastcam-Z (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: Starman in his Tesla Roadster bids farewell to Earth after being launched by the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy., Credit: SpaceX

A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary Science (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Republican Randy Hultgren and Democrat Derek Kilmer celebrate formation of the new bipartisan, bicameral caucus of US representatives and senators. They have united behind ...
Caption: The SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array in northern California searches the sky for radio signals from an alien intelligence., Credit: The SETI Institute

Space, SETI, the Singularity and Shostak (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: US Navy divers assist NASA and the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) in recovery of a mock-up capsule designed to roughly simulate the size, shape, mass and center of gravity of the Orion crew module., Credit: US Navy

Going to Sea to Sail Through Space: Orion Ocean Recovery Testing (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join Mat Kaplan on a visit to Naval Base San Diego and the USS Anchorage, the amphibious ship that has just completed a round of Orion spacecraft recovery testing and ...
Caption: Will humans in the distant future build and live in tremendous space habitats like the one picture here?  The first steps are being taken by NASA, SpaceX and many other organizations., Credit: Skyframe Research & Development/Peter Rubin, Iron Rooster Studios

Living in Space! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Mat Kaplan talks with participants in the National Space Society’s recent Space Settlement Summit about human destiny in space. There’s a consensus that we are making real ...
Caption: Radar images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal many lakes on Titan's surface, some filled with liquid, and some appearing as empty depressions. The data were obtained by Cassini's radar instrument from 2004 to 2013., Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / ASI / USGS

It’s a Hard Rain on Titan (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

A computer model based on our best data about Saturn’s cloud-shrouded moon says that torrential liquid methane pounds the surface far more frequently than previously ...
Caption: Artist concept of uneven dust ring surrounding “Tabby’s Star” KIC 8462852, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mysterious Tabby’s Star, With Tabby Herself (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

It may not host an alien “megastructure” but Tabby’s Star still guards many mysteries of science. Astronomer and astrophysicist Tabetha “Tabby” Boyajian leads the worldwide ...
Caption: Artist concept of SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch., Credit: SpaceX

2018 Space Preview with the Planetary Society All-Stars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Mat’s first-ever four-way conversation with colleagues Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla provides their predictions of space milestones in the new year. Bruce ...
Caption: Recurring slope lineae or RSLs on Mars are not likely to indicate flowing water according to new research., Credit: NASA/JPL/UA/Emily Lakdawalla

Flowing Water on Mars? Not So Much (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Mars scientists dubbed them recurring slope lineae or RSLs. They sure looked like evidence of liquid water flowing down hillsides and ridges on the Red Planet. New research ...
Caption: A Voyager 2 image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, after image processing with modern tools., Credit: NASA-JPL-Björn Jónsson-Seán Doran

Exploring the Latest Planetary Science Discoveries With Emily Lakdawalla (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

A holiday edition of Planetary Radio welcomes the Planetary Society’s Senior Editor back from the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Emily reports on amazing ...