Mat Kaplan

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  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: Artist concept of the Astrobotic Peregrine lander on the lunar surface., Credit: Astrobotic

What Will You Send to the Moon? (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Astrobotic is one of several companies that are building small, robotic landers to take commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. With a new contract from NASA to ...
Caption: Artist concept of humans exploring Mars, Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC

NASA’s Red Planet Rick and Putting Humans on Mars (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Rick Davis is the perfect person to co-lead NASA’s Mars Human Landing Sites Study. No one is more devoted to putting human bootprints on the Red Planet. He returns to ...
Caption: Buzz Aldrin is protected by his fabric moonsuit in this classic photo by Neil Armstrong., Credit: NASA

Reflections of Humanity in a Spacesuit for Moonwalkers (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Host Mat Kaplan in a long and fascinating conversation with Nicholas de Monchaux, author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo. This great book is about much more than creation of ...
Caption: Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye with host Mat Kaplan during Planetary Radio Live show at Science Museum Oklahoma., Credit: Science Museum Oklahoma

Planetary Radio Live with Bill Nye at Science Museum Oklahoma (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and host Mat Kaplan as they visit Oklahoma City’s outstanding public science museum. You’ll meet University of Oklahoma researchers who ...