Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science
Planetary Radio: Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science
The Planetary Society
Planetary Radio brings you the human adventure across our solar system and beyond. We visit each week with the scientists, engineers, leaders, advocates and astronauts who are taking us across the final frontier. Regular features raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Join host Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla as they dive deep into the latest space news. The monthly Space Policy Edition takes you inside the DC beltway where the future of the US space program hangs in the balance. Visit for the space trivia contest, an episode guide, and much more.
7 More Minutes of Terror: Perseverance Arrives at Mars
JPL engineer Gregory Villar prepares us for the perilous descent and landing of the 2020 Mars rover on February 18th.
Jan 20
45 min
Space Policy Edition: A Mob at the U.S. Capitol
Casey Drier and our special guest, former National Space Council chief of staff Jared Zambrano-Stout, consider the troubling events at the U.S. Capitol in this special episode.
Jan 15
1 hr
A Symphony for 7 Moons
Composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg is joined by Cassini project scientist Linda Spilker and retired astronaut Nicole Stott as she shares excerpts from The Moons Symphony.
Jan 13
1 hr 11 min
Solar Cruiser: A Giant Sail Prepares for Space
NASA has given the green light to Principal Investigator Les Johnson and his team for construction of a solar sail that dwarfs all that have come before.
Jan 6
50 min
Planetary Society All-Stars Review 2020 Space Milestones
In spite of everything, 2020 was a good year for space exploration according to five of The Planetary Society’s experts.
Dec 30, 2020
1 hr 11 min
Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Might Walk on the Moon
18 astronauts on the Artemis Team have a shot at walking on the Moon, and Stephanie Wilson is one of them.
Dec 23, 2020
49 min
What Do You Need to Make Martian Oxygen? MOXIE!
Making oxygen from the Martian atmosphere will be essential if humans are ever to visit and work on the Red Planet, and the MOXIE experiment will soon show us how.
Dec 16, 2020
56 min
Welcoming a New Leader, and China on the Final Frontier
Bill Nye helps us welcome the Planetary Society’s new president who also leads a new Moon mission, while China’s lunar sample return spacecraft is headed home.
Dec 9, 2020
59 min
Space Policy Edition: Operation Moonglow and the Global Impact of Apollo
Space historian Teasel Muir-Harmony argues in her fascinating new book that the Apollo lunar program was promoted as a triumph of, not for, all mankind.
Dec 4, 2020
1 hr 9 min
Observatory Director Francisco Córdova on the Devastating Loss of Arecibo
Host Mat Kaplan talked with the Arecibo Observatory director just hours before the giant radio telescope came crashing down.
Dec 2, 2020
45 min
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