Planetary Radio

Series produced by Mat Kaplan

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The Planetary Society's travel show that takes you to the final frontier, featuring commentary by Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy.

For over 20 years, we've been proud to bring Planetary Radio to our dedicated listeners. However, after careful consideration, we discontinued our traditional broadcast distribution on Aug. 2, 2023. We invite Radio stations to continue airing the extended podcast version of the show, along with any of our previous episodes. You can find the extensive archive of our broadcasts and our new podcast MP3s here: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/radio-episodes-files For more information about Planetary Radio, visit our website at https://www.planetary.org/radio. For inquiries or support, contact Sarah Al-Ahmed, the host and producer of Planetary Radio, at planetaryradio@planetary.org. Thank you again for being an integral part of the Planetary Radio family. We look forward to continuing our cosmic journey together through the wonders of our podcast and beyond. Hide full description

For over 20 years, we've been proud to bring Planetary Radio to our dedicated listeners. However, after careful consideration, we discontinued our traditional broadcast distribution on Aug. 2, 2023. We invite Radio stations to continue airing the extended podcast version of the show, along with any of our previous episodes. You can find the extensive archive of our broadcasts and our new podcast MP3s here: https://www.planetary.org/planetary-radio/radio-episodes-files For more information about Planetary Radio, visit our website at https://www.planetary.org/radio. For inquiries or support, contact Sarah Al-Ahmed, the host and producer of Planetary Radio, at planetaryradio@planetary.org. Thank you again for being an integral part of the Planetary Radio family. We look forward to... Show full description


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Caption: New host Sarah Al-Ahmed is introduced by current host and Planetary Radio creator Mat Kaplan in this week's episode.
After 20 years at the helm, Mat Kaplan introduces the person who will take over Planetary Radio when the new year begins.

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: One of the Catalina Sky Survey/Steward Observatory telescopes on Mt. Lemmon prepares for another night of asteroid hunting., Credit: CSS/Steward Observatory
Meet leaders of two of the most successful Earth-based searches for asteroids, including many thousands that could threaten Earth.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Artist's concept of an advanced, spaceship., Credit: NASA/MSFC
Join us at the 2022 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium for a taste of projects that just might change the world.

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: With its giant infrared telescope open to the sky, SOFIA flies toward another night of observation, Credit: NASA/DLR
Director of SOFIA Science Mission Operations Margaret Meixner joins us to lament the end of the giant flying observatory and to celebrate its treme...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Asteroid Dimorphos imaged by the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft seconds before the probe impacted., Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
Listen as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft closes in on asteroid Dimorphos, followed by a triumphant conversation with DART Coordina...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The DART spacecraft races toward its impact on asteroid Dimorphos in this artist's concept., Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL
The DART spacecraft’s impact on asteroid moonlet Dimorphos is set for Sept. 26. We’ll get a preview of this historic smackdown from the mission’s c...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: An Artemis astronaut collects a promising rock on the Moon., Credit: NASA
Host Mat Kaplan spends a few minutes talking with Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency, at the first attempt to launch A...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The Sun rises on the morning of August 29, 2022 at the Kennedy Space Center as the countdown continues toward launch of Artemis 1., Credit: Mat Kaplan
Join Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues in Florida for the first attempt to launch the Space Launch System rocket on a mission to the Moon.

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: On board each Voyager spacecraft is a time capsule: a 12-inch, gold-plated copper disk carrying spoken greetings in 55 languages from Earth’s peoples, along with 115 images and myriad sounds representing our home planet., Credit: NASA/JPL
It’s a party for Voyager and the team of scientists, engineers and others who have followed it across our solar system. Then we’ll visit with Ann D...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: This illustration shows a concept for multiple robots that would team up to ferry to Earth samples collected from the Mars surface by NASA's Mars Perseverance rover., Credit: NASA/ESA/JPL-CalTech
Getting precious Mars rocks into Earthbound labs is an unprecedented challenge. We’ll hear how a lander, a rocket, a big solar-powered transfer veh...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: This false color radar image allows us to see through Venus' thick clouds to the broiling surface below., Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS
Delightful astronomer Jane Greaves is back with the latest evidence for phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus.

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Rosetta and the Philae lander approach comet Chury., Credit: ESA
Scientists have found a menagerie of complex organic compounds on the comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft that connect it with the birth of our...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: NASA's Curiosity rover captured the images used to create this mosaic of Martian clouds over Mont Mercou on 19 March 2021., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill
Scientists need your help identifying clouds high above the surface of the red planet. The goal is figuring out where Mars’ water went.

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Laurie Leshin formally assumes her roles as director of NASA JPL and vice president of Caltech in May., Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Laurie Leshin has just become the tenth director of JPL and the first woman to run the fabled center for space science and robotic exploration.

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Former NASA chief scientist Jim Green, Credit: NASA
The former director of NASA’s Planetary Science division, Jim Green, retired as the agency’s chief scientist in January. This episode opens with a ...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: The James Webb Space Telescope's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) captured this stunning view of the Carina Nebula, located about 7,500 light-years from Earth. Nicknamed the "cosmic cliffs," it is essentially a nursery for young stars., Credit: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI
NASA and its partners have revealed the first stunning images from the new space telescope. We’ll talk about them with Bill Nye and members of the ...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Cover of Lori Garver's great new book., Credit: Diversion Books
Lori Garver went up against powerful forces inside and outside NASA to create the hugely successful commercial cargo and crew programs.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Asteroid Day serves as a reminder of the threat posed to our planet by near-Earth objects, and the campaign to protect ourselves from them., Credit: Asteroid Day Foundation
A co-founder of the annual, worldwide event, and the leader of the European Space Agency’s planetary defense program mark the 114th anniversary of ...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: This image taken by The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft on Feb. 27, 2021 shows the Red Sea, Nile River, the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and surrounding areas. North is approximately at top right., Credit: The Planetary Society
Celebrate the third anniversary of LightSail 2’s launch with Bill Nye and other leaders of The Planetary Society.

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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Caption: Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman is the great new memoir by Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Credit: William Morrow
Psyche asteroid mission principal investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton returns with her excellent new memoir, “A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young W...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2022
  • Length: 28:50
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