Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: With a model of NASA's Opportunity rover behind him, John Callas, project manager of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, speaks about the rovers' achievements at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Deputy Project Scientist , Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechMars Exploration Rover - Opportunity

A Fond Farewell to Spirit and Opportunity (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The Mars Exploration Rover mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019. On the very next day, MER Project Manager John Callas and Deputy Project Scientist Abigail ...
Caption: One of the twenty disks that comprise ALMA's highest resolution survey of nearby protoplanetary disks. This image shows the millimeter-wavelength light emitted by the dust in the disk, giving astronomers a clearer understanding of the similarities and di, Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Andrews et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello

Watching the Births of Solar Systems (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Radio telescopes are delivering stunning images that, in some cases, current optical telescopes can’t equal. Witness the 20 beautiful protoplanetary disks imaged by the ...
Caption: The DART spacecraft approaches Didymos A and B., Credit: NASA/JHUAPL

The DART Mission: Learning How to Swat Dangerous Asteroids (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Why did the dinosaurs die? Because they didn’t have a space program! The upcoming DART mission will test our best thinking about how we may someday deflect a Near Earth ...
Caption: CALCIUM CARBONATE SPIRE IN THE LOST CITY HYDROTHERMAL FIELD, Credit: IFE / URI-IAO / UW / Lost City Science Party / NOAA / OAR / OER

Where Do We Come From? The Origin of Life (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Be, Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Asteroid Bennu’s Visitor From Earth (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Spacecraft OSIRIS REx is now orbiting a 260-meter asteroid named Bennu. Principal investigator Dante Lauretta returns to tell us what has already been learned, and to ...
Caption: Dragonfly soars above Saturn's moon Titan on its way to a new science site in this artist's impression., Credit: JHUAPL

Flying the Skies of Saturn’s Moon Titan (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Imagine soaring over what may be the solar system’s most Earth-like world, if you ignore the chill. If funded, the nuclear electric-powered Dragonfly will do exactly this. ...
Caption: Millions around the world watched as the New Horizons spacecraft encounters the most distant object ever visited., Credit: Mat Kaplan

New Horizons Flyby: Join the Celebration! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join us at the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland for the New Horizons encounter with the most distant object ever visited. You’ll meet mission leaders, friends and even a rock ...
Caption: Artist concept of the OSIRIS REx spacecraft passing Earth on its way to asteroid Bennu., Credit: NASA/GSFC/UA

A Mission to Earth: OSIRIS-REx (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Why do so many spacecraft that are headed across our solar system turn their instruments back to Earth during flybys? OSIRIS-REx was no exception. The answers come from ...
Caption: Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, target for the New Horizons flyby, is seen here in an artist's concept., Credit: NASA/SwRI

Countdown to Ultima: Alan Stern and New Horizons (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The New Horizons spacecraft will reach faraway Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 in the first minutes of 2019. Will the body informally known as Ultima Thule be as mysterious and ...
Caption: The timeless "Earthrise" image captured by the Apollo 8 astronauts as they circled the Moon., Credit: NASA/Sean Doran

Earthrise! The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

This is the 50th anniversary of the most audacious space mission in history. Apollo 8 blazed a path for the first moon landing seven months later, and gave a troubled nation ...