Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Earth has a close call with a giant near-earth asteroid in this artist's concept., Credit: Getty Images

Defenders of Earth on Planetary Radio (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Six planetary defense leaders report on progress toward protecting Earth from near-Earth objects.
Caption: Andy Weir's new science fiction novel sends an unlikely protagonist on a mission to save humanity from an interstellar threat., Credit: Ballantine

Author Andy Weir and Project Hail Mary (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The author of The Martian introduces us to his terrific new novel and shares his thoughts about the current state of space exploration.
Caption: The Sloan Foundation 2.5 meter telescope at Apache Point Observatory, Credit: The Sloan Foundation

A Conversation with Kyoto Prize Recipient James Gunn (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Jim Gunn co-created and led the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that has revealed the universe as never before.
Caption: Artist's concept of a giant O'Neill cylinder space settlement., Credit: NASA, Art by Rick Guidice

The High Frontier: A New Documentary About Gerard K. O’Neill (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Gerard K. O’Neill envisioned vast, magnificent human settlements in space. His followers, including Jeff Bezos, are working to turn his vision into reality.
Caption: Artist's impression of the TESS spacecraft on orbit., Credit: NASA

NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Mission Finds Over 2,000 Possible New Worlds (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Exoplanet hunter and artist Natalia Guerrero of MIT reveals the discovery of many more possible new worlds by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.
Caption: Taken on 5 March 2021, this color-calibrated image from a Navigation Camera aboard NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover shows tracks from the rover's first drive (darker marks in the foreground) and an area scoured by the Mars 2020 mission's descent stage , Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Perseverance Rover and a Great First Month on Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Perseverance rover deputy project scientists Katie Stack Morgan and Ken Williford share the latest developments from Mars’ newest robot resident.
Caption: Hayabusa2 sees its shadow during the second touchdown rehearsal on 15 October 2018. The spacecraft was 47 meters above Ryugu., Credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST

Return From Ryugu: The Hayabusa2 Leader on His Mission’s Success (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda shares the exciting success of Japan’s sample return mission ti asteroid Ryugu.
Caption: The heat-flow probe known as the mole sticks out of the Martian surface in this image captured by NASA's InSight spacecraft in February 2020. Engineers and scientists spent nearly two years using InSight's robotic arm to help the mole dig before formally , Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

InSight’s Mole: A Martian Science Odyssey (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

NASA engineer and scientist Troy Hudson shares the sad but ultimately inspiring story of a two-year attempt to dig deep beneath the surface of Mars.
Caption: Spinoff 21 has been published online by NASA., Credit: NASA

Spinoffs: How NASA Technologies Benefit Life on Earth (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

We examine a few of the thousands of technologies and innovations developed by NASA that are making lives better around our planet.
Caption: Mars awaits.

Planetfest ’21: To Mars and Back Again (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Author of The Martian Andy Weir and the leader of the United Arab Emirates’ successful Hope Mars orbiter mission joined other Mars all-stars at Planetfest ’21.