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Planetary Radio, Podcasts, and Video

by Mat Kaplan

The voice of Planetary Radio and our man about town, Mat Kaplan visits with scientists, engineers, project managers, advocates, writers, and all sorts of cool space people who provide a unique perspective on the quest for knowledge about our solar system and beyond and brings them all to you weekly via radio, podcast, and video.

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Latest Blog Posts:

Leonard Nimoy: A Science Fan’s Appreciation

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2015/02/28 12:02 CST | 2 comments

Mat Kaplan pays a heartfelt tribute to a science fiction icon.

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Remembering Charles Townes

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2015/01/31 09:08 CST | 2 comments

Mat Kaplan honors the memory of a scientific pioneer.

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Book Review: “The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era”

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/12/11 10:23 CST | 1 comment

Mat Kaplan reviews a comprehensive new collection of historic and modern space art from author and superb space artist Ron Miller.

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“Wanderers”: A Glorious New Film About Where We May Voyage

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/12/01 02:14 CST | 3 comments

Mat Kaplan gives his take on the stunningly beautiful short film that's been making the rounds on the internet, "Wanderers," by Erik Wernquist.

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Interstellar: The movie that deserves to be called “Gravity”

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/11/09 07:24 CST | 7 comments

Mat Kaplan gives his thoughts on the newest space film to hit theatres, "Interstellar."

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Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/07/27 04:13 CDT | 1 comment

Mat Kaplan reviews a wonderful new biography on Neil Armstrong, written with the support of Armstrong and many of the other pioneering astronauts.

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Illustris: A realistic virtual universe

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/05/08 02:46 CDT | 5 comments

Watch another universe unfold as simulated by Illustris, using a model that required 8,000 processors running in parallels 3 months to create!

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Shivering in Paradise: An Alaskan Aurora Adventure

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/03/14 06:14 CDT | 1 comment

Mat Kaplan checks an item off his bucket list: Seeing the aurora in Alaska.

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Planetary Radio: The Gemini Planet Imager

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/01/14 11:06 CST | 1 comment

It's very nice to infer the existence of planets circling other stars. It's even better to see them. This new instrument has just become the most powerful exoplanet viewer yet created.

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Planetary Radio: NEOWISE PI Amy Mainzer

Posted by Mat Kaplan on 2014/01/01 12:56 CST | 1 comment

NEOWISE has reawakened to discover many more asteroids and comets. The mission leader thanks the amateur astronomers who follow up on these discoveries.

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