Mat Kaplan

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Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

Caption: That's asteroid Bennu on the left. It's actually far smaller than Venus, revealed on the right by radar., Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

We Have Sampled an Asteroid! And the Search for Life Above Venus (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft appears to have collected its first sample from asteroid Bennu, while a team led by Jane Greaves has discovered what could be evidence of life in ...
Caption: The moon and Earth's edge, photgraphed from the International Space Station., Credit: NASA

Beyond Earth’s Edge: A Celebrity Space Poetry Jam! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Creators of an outstanding new collection of poems about spaceflight and exploration join Mat Kaplan to talk about the book as Bill Nye and other notables read selections.
Caption: In this image taken on May 20, 2020 at the Kennedy Space Center, engineers and technicians insert 39 sample tubes into the belly of the Perseverance Mars rover. Each tube is sheathed in a gold-colored cylindrical enclosure to protect it from contamination, Credit: NASA/JPL-CALTECH

Protectors of Earth! (and Other Worlds) (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

NASA’s planetary protection officer joined Mat Kaplan’s Humans to Mars summit panel for a great conversation about protecting worlds throughout the solar system from what ...
Caption: The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla in the JPL clean room as Perseverance, the Mars 2020 rover, was being readied for launch., Credit: Mat Kaplan

A Fond Farewell: Solar System Specialist Emily Lakdawalla (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Planetary Society Solar System Specialist Emily Lakdawalla makes a big announcement, and share stories from her long history with the organization.
Caption: Dwarf planet Ceres is shown in these false-color renderings, which highlight differences in surface materials., Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

A Planetary Mystery is Solved (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Former Dawn mission director Marc Rayman of JPL reveals the secrets of the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres, and we celebrate his 10 years as Planetary Society CEO with Bill Nye.
Caption: A mosaic of 102 Viking orbiter images of Mars, showing a hemisphere of the planet centered on the immense Valles Marineris canyon system. Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey. , Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

The Sirens of Mars Call to Us (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Georgetown University planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson chronicles the long history of our fascination with Mars and the possibility of life there, culminating with ...
Caption: The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe created from nine years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.77 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies., Credit: NASA/WMAP Science Team

Katie Mack and The End of Everything (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

How will the universe end? That’s the question explored by cosmologist Katie Mack in her very entertaining new book.
Caption: Jupiter's south pole, captured by the Juno orbiter., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Make Room! Worlds May Crowd Some Habitable Zones (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

New research reveals why Earth is on its own in this solar system’s habitable zone where liquid surface water flows, but the same isn’t true across the galaxy.
Caption: NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Douglas Hurley are seen inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft onboard the SpaceX GO Navigator recovery ship shortly after having landed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, Sunda, Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Crew Dragon Triumphant, and a Planetary Society Founder Remembers (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Splashdown! An astronaut and former leader of Dragon capsule development at SpaceX is back to celebrate the spacecraft’s successful mission, as a Planetary Society co-founder ...
Caption: The Emirates Mars Mission Hope spacecraft undergoes testing., Credit: UAE Space Agency

Hope Leads the Way to Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Our special guests are the leaders of the Emirates Mars Mission whose Hope spacecraft is now headed for the Red Planet.