Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Asteroid Dimorphos imaged by the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft seconds before the probe impacted., Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

Bull’s-eye! DART impacts Dimorphos (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Listen as the Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft closes in on asteroid Dimorphos, followed by a triumphant conversation with DART Coordination Lead Nancy Chabot.
Caption: The DART spacecraft races toward its impact on asteroid Dimorphos in this artist's concept., Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

Countdown to DART: Will We Move an Asteroid? (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 coordination lead, Nancy Chabot.
Caption: An Artemis astronaut collects a promising rock on the Moon., Credit: NASA

A Space Coast Conversation with European Space Agency Leader Josef Aschbacher (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Host Mat Kaplan spends a few minutes talking with Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency, at the first attempt to launch Artemis 1 to the Moon.
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

Countdown to Artemis, The Return to the Moon (28:50)
From: 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.
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

The Voyager Mission: A 45th Anniversary Celebration (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 Druyan, creative director ...
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

Pieces of Mars: How We’ll Get Them to Earth (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Getting precious Mars rocks into Earthbound labs is an unprecedented challenge. We’ll hear how a lander, a rocket, a big solar-powered transfer vehicle and two helicopters ...
Caption: This false color radar image allows us to see through Venus' thick clouds to the broiling surface below., Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

A Venus Phosphine Scoop! The Return of Jane Greaves (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Delightful astronomer Jane Greaves is back with the latest evidence for phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus.
Caption: Laurie Leshin formally assumes her roles as director of NASA JPL and vice president of Caltech in May., Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

New Jet Propulsion Lab Director Laurie Leshin (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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.
Caption: Former NASA chief scientist Jim Green, Credit: NASA

Former NASA chief scientist Jim Green looks back (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 special announcement from ...
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

The JWST: An Awesome New Window on the Universe Opens Wide (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

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 JWST team.