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.
The High Frontier: A New Documentary About Gerard K. O’Neill
Gerard K. O’Neill envisioned vast, magnificent human settlements in space. His followers, including Jeff Bezos, are working to turn his vision into reality.
Apr 14
55 min
The First Space Shuttle Pilot: Bob Crippen on the 40th Anniversary of STS-1
Robert Crippen and John Young became the first humans to fly a space shuttle into orbit when Columbia launched on April 12, 1981.
Apr 7
1 hr 11 min
Space Policy Edition: Biden Names His NASA Administrator
It looks like former senator Bill Nelson will be NASA’s next administrator. Casey Dreier and Mat Kaplan talk about his nomination and other developments in Washington D.C., including The Planetary Society’s very successful Day of Action.
Apr 2
58 min
NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Mission Finds Over 2,000 Possible New Worlds
Exoplanet hunter and artist Natalia Guerrero of MIT reveals the discovery of many more possible new worlds by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.
Mar 31
55 min
The Perseverance Rover and a Great First Month on Mars
Perseverance rover deputy project scientists Katie Stack Morgan and Ken Williford share the latest developments from Mars’ newest robot resident.
Mar 24
1 hr
Return From Ryugu: The Hayabusa2 Leader on His Mission’s Success
Hayabusa2 project manager Yuichi Tsuda shares the exciting success of Japan’s sample return mission ti asteroid Ryugu.
Mar 17
51 min
InSight’s Mole: A Martian Science Odyssey
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.
Mar 10
55 min
Space Policy Edition: SpaceX's Early, Desperate Days (with Eric Berger)
Elon Musk’s SpaceX nearly failed 15 years ago as it struggled to launch its first rocket. Eric Berger has written about this challenging early era and how it helped create today’s successful, innovative company.
Mar 5
1 hr 1 min
Spinoffs: How NASA Technologies Benefit Life on Earth
We examine a few of the thousands of technologies and innovations developed by NASA that are making lives better around our planet.
Mar 3
51 min
Touchdown! The Sights and Sounds of Perseverance on Mars
The Mars 2020 rover is on Mars. We have collected the most thrilling moments from the landing and the revelations that followed, including the first sounds recorded on the Red Planet. Bill Nye congratulates the entire Perseverance team and explains why this audacious mission is so important. Then Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan welcome special guests as they read the winners of the What’s Up Mars poetry contest. There’s more to discover at See for privacy information.
Feb 24
52 min
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