Mat Kaplan

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  • Username: MatKaplan
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  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: Pete Conrad of the Apollo 12 mission next to the Surveyor 3 robotic lander on the Moon., Credit: NASA

Apollo 12’s 50th and Sharing Your Personal Space Goals (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Jason Davis helps us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 12. The Planetary Society wants to hear your space goals, accomplishments and dreams! And Bruce Betts reveals ...
Caption: Sasha Sagan and Mat Kaplan enjoy a moment in the Planetary Society studio., Credit: Planetary Society/Merc Boyan

Finding Wonder and Meaning in a Book by Carl Sagan’s Daughter (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Bill Nye says of Sasha Sagan’s new book, “Sagan finds the meaning of life everywhere—with her family, around the world, and especially among the stars of the cosmos. Read her ...
Caption: Artist concept of a very wet, ancient Mars., Credit: Wikimedia Commons

How Long Was Mars Wet? (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Planetary scientist Briony Horgan and her team want to know how long liquid water flowed on the surface of the Red Planet before that world froze. Long enough for life to ...
Caption: 2)	Astronaut Mae Jemison and Planetary Society Founder and Executive Director Emeritus Lou Friedman on stage at the 2019 NIAC Symposium’s banquet., Credit: Mat Kaplan

NASA’s Home for the Bleeding Edge: The 2019 NIAC Symposium (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program gathers its “fellows” each year to share what they’ve learned about some of the most fascinating science and engineering ...
Caption: This artist’s view shows the hot Jupiter exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, sometimes referred to as Bellerophon, which orbits a star about 50 light-years from Earth in the northern constellation of Pegasus (The Winged Horse). This was the first exoplanet around a no, Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger

Nobel Prize Winner Michel Mayor…and More (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Astronomer and astrophysicist Michel Mayor has just been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for physics. Listen to Mat’s 2016 conversation with this revered scientist, the first to ...
Caption: A large asteroid narrowly misses Earth., Credit: NASA

How to Defend Your Planet (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Planetary scientist Vishnu Reddy studies space objects ranging from satellite debris to planet-killing asteroids. He shares the status of our effort to avoid the fate of the ...
Caption: Brad Pitt in the new science fiction film, Ad Astra., Credit: 20th Century Fox

Ad Astra: The Movie! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Brad Pitt sets out across the solar system to save Earth in the new space epic. Host Mat Kaplan enjoys a far-reaching conversation with the co-screenwriter of Ad Astra that ...
Caption: Science fiction author David Brin made a presentation at this year's Starship Congress in San Diego, California, Credit: Icarus Interstellar

At the 2019 Starship Congress with David Brin (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Science fiction writer and futurist David Brin is one of our favorite guests. Finding him at the just-completed Starship Congress in San Diego, California was no surprise. ...
Caption: Artist concept of a black hole emitting gamma-ray bursts., Credit: NASA

The Unexpected Space Center: Los Alamos National Laboratory (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

This US research center has been part of more than 200 space missions, but it’s not a NASA facility! The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico accidentally invented ...
Caption: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, pictured with the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter and Philae lander, Credit: ESA

A Comet’s Legacy, and a Helicopter is Ready for Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

First we return to JPL for an update on the Mars Helicopter that has just been attached to the belly of the 2020 Mars Rover. Then it’s across the pond for a review of the ...