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Each week, Planetary radio team visit with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who can provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.

Each week, Planetary radio team visit with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who can provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.
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Pasadena, CA

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Each week, Planetary radio team visit with a scientist, engineer, project manager, advocate or writer who can provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond.

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English

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65 North Catalina Avenue Pasadena, California 91106-2301 USA 626-793-5100


Episodes

Space Policy Edition Special: The 2019 President’s Budget Request Unveiled

2/16/2018
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As promised, Casey Dreier and Jason Callahan are back with a special review of the just-released FY 2019 President’s Budget Request (PBR) for NASA. It contains good news, bad news and odd news. What is likely to stand? What will Congress ignore, going its own way? NASA’s new lunar ambitions, Mars Sample Return, WFIRST and more hang in the balance. Let the debate begin.

Duration:00:53:11

A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary Science

2/14/2018
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Republican Randy Hultgren and Democrat Derek Kilmer celebrate formation of the new bipartisan, bicameral caucus of US representatives and senators. They have united behind exploration of our and other solar systems. Bill Nye shares his eye and ear witness account of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch and landing. The new What’s Up space trivia contest takes its inspiration from the Tesla Roadster now on its way to Mars.

Duration:00:41:58

Space, SETI, the Singularity and Shostak

2/7/2018
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Where is everybody? That was the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked when he wondered why we hadn’t yet met ET. What will happen if we do? Will humans lose the will to explore?

Duration:00:59:04

Space Policy Edition #21: Bill Nye and the State of the Union

2/2/2018
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Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye attended the State of the Union address on January 30th, he also spent the day meeting with sixteen different members of Congress to promote science on Capitol Hill. In this special abbreviated show, Casey Dreier and Mat Kaplan welcome their colleague Matt Renninger, who joined Bill on Capitol Hill, to discuss the goals of The Planetary Society and the reasons why it was important for Bill to attend.

Duration:00:30:27

Going to Sea to Sail Through Space: Orion Ocean Recovery Testing

1/31/2018
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Join Mat Kaplan on a visit to Naval Base San Diego and the USS Anchorage, the amphibious ship that has just completed a round of Orion spacecraft recovery testing and practice.

Duration:00:38:30

Living in Space!

1/24/2018
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Mat Kaplan talks with participants in the National Space Society’s recent Space Settlement Summit about human destiny in space.

Duration:00:37:55

It’s a Hard Rain on Titan

1/17/2018
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A computer model based on our best data about Saturn’s cloud-shrouded moon says that torrential liquid methane pounds the surface far more frequently than previously expected. Sean Faulk and Jonathan Mitchell of UCLA explain.

Duration:00:43:40

Mysterious Tabby’s Star, With Tabby Herself

1/10/2018
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It may not host an alien “megastructure” but Tabby’s Star still guards many mysteries of science. Astronomer and astrophysicist Tabetha “Tabby” Boyajian leads the worldwide team that is revealing this strange light in the sky.

Duration:00:44:45

Space Policy Edition #20: Looking back on the year in space policy. Also, your questions!

1/5/2018
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It’s the space policy guys’ turn to look back at a year that saw great achievements in space. Were they matched by events in Washington DC?

Duration:01:03:47

Looking Back, Looking Forward with the Planetary Society All-Stars

1/3/2018
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Mat’s first-ever four-way conversation with Jason Davis, Casey Dreier and Emily Lakdawalla reviews the biggest 2017 events in space exploration and provides their predictions of what to look for in the new year.

Duration:01:18:51

Flowing Water on Mars? Not So Much

12/27/2017
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Mars scientists dubbed them recurring slope lineae or RSLs. They sure looked like evidence of liquid water flowing down hillsides and ridges on the Red Planet. New research led by USGS Planetary Geologist Colin Dundas says otherwise.

Duration:00:30:57

Exploring the Latest Planetary Science Discoveries With Emily Lakdawalla

12/20/2017
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A holiday edition of Planetary Radio welcomes the Planetary Society’s Senior Editor back from the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Emily reports on amazing developments in planetary science she discovered at the huge conference.

President Trump Sets Course for the Moon

12/13/2017
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On December 11th President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that firmly points the US space effort toward the Moon, but without providing many details. Planetary Society Director of Space Policy Casey Dreier fills in some of the gaps left by this executive directive.

Duration:00:31:52

A Visitor From the Stars: ‘Oumuamua

12/6/2017
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The first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system is a needle-shaped asteroid given the Hawaiian name ‘Oumuamua. Karen Meech leads the team that is learning as much about it as possible before it leaves our neighborhood, never to return.

Duration:00:47:23

Space Policy Edition #19: When did the private space age begin? Much earlier than you think.

12/1/2017
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Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos. Richard Branson. These are the names we tend to associate with the current era of private space exploration. But what about John Qunicy Adams, James Lick, or Charles Yerkes?

Duration:01:32:57

Bob Richards of Moon Express

11/29/2017
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Moon Express has a shot at winning the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize next year. CEO Bob Richards sees the competition as no more than a springboard toward more ambitious goals on the Moon and in the rest of the solar system.

Duration:00:58:21

Canada Rises…And So Does the Sun

11/22/2017
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Canada has a new Space Advisory Board, and The Planetary Society’s Kate Howells is a member.

Duration:00:32:30

The Honorable Adam Schiff: Another Congressional Space Enthusiast

11/15/2017
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Congressman Adam Schiff’s California district includes the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is as enthusiastic a fan of the final frontier as you are likely to find under the capitol dome in Washington D.C.

Duration:00:36:07

Andy Weir’s New Novel Puts a City on the Moon

11/8/2017
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The author of #1 bestseller "The Martian" is back with "Artemis," a superbly-researched, rollicking adventure in the first city on the Moon.

Duration:00:50:26

Space Policy Edition #18: Jim Bridenstine vs. the Senate & First Meeting of the National Space Council

11/3/2017
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The likely next Administrator of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, appeared before a somewhat skeptical Senate committee to defend his nomination. Casey and Jason recap the hearing and assess Congressman Bridenstine’s chance of moving forward.

Duration:00:59:45

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