Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: An artist's impression of the late Cassini spacecraft approaching the giant water plumes emanating from the icy surface of Enceladus., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Case for a Return to Enceladus (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Flying a spacecraft through geysers spewing from Saturn’s moon Enceladus might reveal the building blocks of life or even life itself.
Caption: The ESCAPADE Mars mission will consist of two identical satellites — “Blue” and “Gold” — that will study how the planet’s ionosphere and magnetic field interact., Credit: Rocket Lab

An ESCAPADE to Mars, on the cheap (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Can NASA send robotic explorers to Mars for a tiny fraction of what most missions cost?
Caption: The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft captured the infrared, green, and blue-light images used to make pictures of the Martian south pole., Credit: ESA / G. Neukum (Freie Universitaet, Berlin) / Bill Dunford / Edited by The Planetary Society

Liquid Water Under the Martian Polar Ice? Maybe Not (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

New research indicates that what appeared to be liquid water hiding under Mars’ polar ice may actually be a form of clay.
Caption: We are on the cusp of exploring what may be the best place in our solar system to look for life beyond Earth. That place is Jupiter’s moon Europa., Credit: NASA/ Jet Propulsion Laboratory-Caltech

Europa Clipper Sails Toward Launch (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Mission system manager Al Cangahuala says the robotic explorer of Jupiter’s ocean moon is making steady progress toward a 2024 launch.
Caption: The Cassini spacecraft flies through the plumes emanating from Saturn's moon Enceladus. This still image is from a computer-animated film that highligts the Cassini-Huygens mission accomplishments., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini, Voyager and beyond with Linda Spilker (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Cassini mission project scientist returns with new science from ocean moon Enceladus and anniversaries to celebrate with the Voyager mission.
Caption: The Perseverance rover looks back over the tracks is has laid across Jezero Crater on Mars., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

How Perseverance Drives Itself Around Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The Perseverance rover’s chief robotics engineer takes us for a spin across Mars.
Caption: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in its payload configuration, carrying science experiments into a microgravity environment., Credit: Virgin Galactic

Alan Stern Says It’s Time for Suborbital Science (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Planetary scientist and New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern says great science will ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and Blue Origin’s New Shepard.
Caption: Jim Irwin with Apollo 15's Lunar Roving Vehicle. Developed in a breakneck 17 months, the LRV greatly extended the exploration range of final three Apollo missions., Credit: NASA/The Planetary Society

Remembering Apollo 15 with author Andy Chaikin (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Space historian and author of A Man on the Moon Andy Chaikin returns as we celebrate Apollo 15’s 50th anniversary.
Caption: This artist's concept of NASA's Near-Earth Object Surveyor Mission shows the space telescope in front of a star field captured by the WISE telescope., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/The Planetary Society

Amy Mainzer and a New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

NASA has approved development of the NEO Surveyor space telescope. Project lead Amy Mainzer will share her hopes for this vital planetary defense tool.
Caption: Artist's concept of active volcanos on Venus, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Peter Rubin

We’re Going Back to Venus (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Leaders of the DAVINCI and VERITAS missions tell us what their spacecraft will reveal about the planet that is so much like Earth and yet so terribly different.