Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: Artist concept of the OSIRIS REx spacecraft passing Earth on its way to asteroid Bennu., Credit: NASA/GSFC/UA

A Mission to Earth: OSIRIS-REx (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Why do so many spacecraft that are headed across our solar system turn their instruments back to Earth during flybys? OSIRIS-REx was no exception. The answers come from ...
Caption: Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, target for the New Horizons flyby, is seen here in an artist's concept., Credit: NASA/SwRI

Countdown to Ultima: Alan Stern and New Horizons (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The New Horizons spacecraft will reach faraway Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 in the first minutes of 2019. Will the body informally known as Ultima Thule be as mysterious and ...
Caption: The timeless "Earthrise" image captured by the Apollo 8 astronauts as they circled the Moon., Credit: NASA/Sean Doran

Earthrise! The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8 (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

This is the 50th anniversary of the most audacious space mission in history. Apollo 8 blazed a path for the first moon landing seven months later, and gave a troubled nation ...
Caption: •	Former NASA Administrator Charles “Charlie” Bolden asks a question at the NSS Space Settlement Summit., Credit: Mat Kaplan

A Conversation With Former NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

He led NASA for eight years, but not till he had flown on four Space Shuttle missions and enjoyed a long military career. Charlie Bolden talks with Mat about his time at the ...
Caption: Asteroid Bennu in an image captured by OSIRIS REx at its arrival., Credit: NASA/University of Arizona

Last Week, Mars. This week, An Asteroid Called Bennu. (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The InSight lander has only just arrived on Mars. Now, OSIRIS REx has reached asteroid Bennu after traveling through deep space for a year and a half. We’ll talk with the ...
Caption: InSight Launch Party at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium.  L to R: Bruce Betts, Troy Hudson, Mat Kaplan and Jennifer Jackson, Credit: Andrew Pauly, The Planetary Society

A Great Day for Space Explorers: The Landing of InSight (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join 1,000 anxious yet thrilled space fans at Caltech for our live InSight landing party. You’ll meet Mat Kaplan’s onstage experts and check in with Bill Nye and Emily ...
Caption: The landing site of Mars 2020 will be in Jezero crater, on the northwest edge of the basin. , Credit: NASA / MIT / Goudge et al 2017

We Know Where the 2020 Rover Will Look for Martian Life (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

NASA announced on November 19th that the multi-billion dollar 2020 Mars rover will land in Jezero crater, where it will begin the search for the signature of past life. The ...
Caption: Moon Mission 3D: A New Perspective on the Space Race, Credit: MIT Press

Moon Mission 3D from Queen Guitarist Brian May and David Eicher (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

You haven’t seen the best pictures from the Apollo era and other great space achievements till you’ve seen them in 3D. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May is also ...