Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: The sun sets behind the U.S. Capitol Building as Planetary Society members wrap up their work advocating for space. The 2019 Day of Action saw 100 members from 25 states visit offices throughout Congress in support of space science and exploration., Credit: Antonio Peronace for The Planetary Society

Boosters, Breakthroughs and Budgets: Canada and the US Look Toward Space (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The last few days have seen developments that will shape the space exploration plans of Canada and the USA. The Planetary Society’s Kate Howells is a member of Canada’s Space ...
Caption: An image of the Chang'e-4 lander from the Yutu-2 rover, during the mission's first lunar day., Credit: CLEP/CNSA

China on the Final Frontier (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

With missions like Chang’e 4 on the far side of the Moon, China has firmly established itself as a leader in space exploration. Space journalist Andrew Jones helps us explore ...
Caption: SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander, Credit: SpaceIL

An Israeli Lander Launches Toward the Moon (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Non-profit SpaceIL’s Beresheet is on its way to the Moon. Only China, the Soviet Union and the United States have safely landed there before. Host Mat Kaplan talks with ...
Caption: With a model of NASA's Opportunity rover behind him, John Callas, project manager of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, speaks about the rovers' achievements at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Deputy Project Scientist , Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechMars Exploration Rover - Opportunity

A Fond Farewell to Spirit and Opportunity (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The Mars Exploration Rover mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019. On the very next day, MER Project Manager John Callas and Deputy Project Scientist Abigail ...
Caption: One of the twenty disks that comprise ALMA's highest resolution survey of nearby protoplanetary disks. This image shows the millimeter-wavelength light emitted by the dust in the disk, giving astronomers a clearer understanding of the similarities and di, Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), S. Andrews et al.; NRAO/AUI/NSF, S. Dagnello

Watching the Births of Solar Systems (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Radio telescopes are delivering stunning images that, in some cases, current optical telescopes can’t equal. Witness the 20 beautiful protoplanetary disks imaged by the ...
Caption: The DART spacecraft approaches Didymos A and B., Credit: NASA/JHUAPL

The DART Mission: Learning How to Swat Dangerous Asteroids (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Why did the dinosaurs die? Because they didn’t have a space program! The upcoming DART mission will test our best thinking about how we may someday deflect a Near Earth ...

Where Do We Come From? The Origin of Life (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Astrobiology is the discipline that explores the origin of life in the universe, and whether life exists anywhere other than Earth. It’s an increasingly exciting field ...
Caption: This mosaic image of asteroid Bennu is composed of 12 PolyCam images collected on Dec. 2 by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from a range of 15 miles (24 km). The image was obtained at a 50° phase angle between the spacecraft, asteroid and the Sun, and in it, Be, Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Asteroid Bennu’s Visitor From Earth (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Spacecraft OSIRIS REx is now orbiting a 260-meter asteroid named Bennu. Principal investigator Dante Lauretta returns to tell us what has already been learned, and to ...
Caption: Dragonfly soars above Saturn's moon Titan on its way to a new science site in this artist's impression., Credit: JHUAPL

Flying the Skies of Saturn’s Moon Titan (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Imagine soaring over what may be the solar system’s most Earth-like world, if you ignore the chill. If funded, the nuclear electric-powered Dragonfly will do exactly this. ...
Caption: Millions around the world watched as the New Horizons spacecraft encounters the most distant object ever visited., Credit: Mat Kaplan

New Horizons Flyby: Join the Celebration! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join us at the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland for the New Horizons encounter with the most distant object ever visited. You’ll meet mission leaders, friends and even a rock ...