Mat Kaplan

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  • Producer/Host
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Independent

Recent Pieces from Mat Kaplan

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 ...
Caption: The LightSail 2 mission operations team moments before the cubesat's big sail was deployed., Credit: Mat Kaplan

Ready to Sail! LightSail 2 Deploys its Silvery Wings (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Join us as the little cubesat successfully unfurls its solar sail. You’ll hear from members of the LightSail 2 mission team on the morning of July 23, 2019, when the critical ...
Caption: Poppy Northcutt in Apollo Mission Control, circa 1969., Credit: TRW

Apollo 11 and the Woman Who Helped Get It Home (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

Poppy Northcutt was a pioneer—the first woman to work as an engineer in Apollo Mission Control. The program she helped to create got the astronauts back to Earth. Fifty ...
Caption: Artist concept of Dragonfly over the surface of Saturn's moon Titan., Credit: NASA/JHUAPL

We’re Sending a Flying Machine to Titan (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

NASA has given the go-ahead for Dragonfly, a flying rotorcraft that will explore Saturn’s mysterious moon Titan. Mission Principal Investigator Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle helps ...
Caption: Launch attendees look up in wonder at the ascending SpaceX Falcon Heavy, carrying LightSail 2., Credit: Navid Baraty/The Planetary Society

LightSail Takes Flight! (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

A giant SpaceX Falcon Heavy lifted off in the early hours of June 25th. One week later, the LightSail 2 solar sail was released to begin its epic mission. You’ll join the ...
Caption: A false-color image mosaic shows Daphnis, one of Saturn's ring-embedded moons, and the waves it kicks up in the Keeler gap. Images collected by Cassini's close orbits in 2017 are offering new insight into the complex workings of the rings., Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The News From Saturn-With Linda Spilker (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

It has been many months since the great Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere and fiery death. Yet the mission lives on as the reams of data and images reveal ...
Caption: Artist concept of the LightSail 2 spacecraft sailing over Earth, Credit: The Planetary Society/Josh Spradling

Flight by Light: A LightSail 2 Mission Preview (28:50)
From: Mat Kaplan

The day is almost here. With the launch of a Falcon Heavy rocket, The Planetary Society will begin its mission to prove that a tiny, orbiting spacecraft can be propelled by ...