Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Astronomer and planetary scientist Britney Schmidt braves the Antarctic cold to prepare us for exploring ice worlds., Credit: Britney Schmidt

Today Antarctica, tomorrow Europa: Britney Schmidt explores under the ice (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Britney Schmidt is preparing us for the day when a submarine will slip into the seas of an ocean world like Europa to search for life.
Caption: Perseverance is joined by Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter, in Jezero crater., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Perseverance Perseveres: A Mars rover update from Ken Farley (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The Mars 2020 rover has rolled into an ancient river delta on the Red Planet. Will we find evidence of past life there?
Caption: Mat Kaplan talked with Psyche mission principal investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton with the spacecraft beside them in this JPL clean room., Credit: Mat Kaplan

Heavy Metal: An encounter with the Psyche spacecraft (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Suit up for a clean room encounter with the Psyche spacecraft that will soon launch toward the asteroid belt.
Caption: Will humans go beyond low Earth-orbit to explore destinations like Mars first-hand? Or will we leave this to robots?, Credit: NASA-JPL-Caltech

The End of Astronauts? (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Britain’s Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and science writer Don Goldsmith question the value of putting astronauts in harm’s way at great expense in their new book.
Caption: Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise's NASA portrait., Credit: NASA

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Fred Haise takes us on board the mission that almost didn’t make it home from the Moon.
Caption: HIGH-RESOLUTION GLOBAL NEPTUNE MOSAIC WITH GREAT DARK SPOT This mosaic is composed of approximately 20 images taken through green or clear filters about 2 to 3 days prior to Voyager 2's closest approach. It has been colorized with lower-resolution data ta, Credit: NASA / JPL / Björn Jónsson

Neptune Odyssey: why we need to visit an ice giant (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Leaders of the Neptune Odyssey study for the next planetary science and astrobiology decadal survey share their team’s exciting approach for an ice giant-orbiting spacecraft.
Caption: Margaret Kivelson at JPL with a model of the Jupiter-orbiting Galileo spacecraft., Credit: NASA

Legendary Space Physics Pioneer Margaret Kivelson (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

A fascinating conversation with a space science and policy leader who is still hard at work in her 10th decade.
Caption: The 100m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope is used by Jean-Luc Margot to listen for technosignatures of extraterrestrial intelligence., Credit: NRAO Green Bank Observatory

Who has received the first STEP grants? (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The Planetary Society’s new Science and Technology Empowered by the Public (STEP) grant program will let citizens join the search for ET and enable astronomers to discover ...
Caption: This image, from the Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows chloride deposits within a channel in Bosporus Planum, Mars. For scale, the largest impact crater in the scene is 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile) across., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

Water, water everywhere with Bethany Ehlmann (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Water may have flowed on Mars for a billion more years than was previously thought, giving possible life an extra billion years to thrive.