Weekly Science Hour Archive
A joint production of the Planetary Society and Astrosphere New Media, the Weekly Science Hour brings you lectures from and discussions with leaders in space science and astronomy. Episodes are hosted by Pamela Gay and Emily Lakdawalla on alternating weeks.
The Science Hour is no longer in production, but previous episodes can be found below.
Jim Bell on Photographing Mars
Emily Lakdawalla speaks with head camera man for Spirit and Opportunity Rovers and member of the Curiosity Science Team, Jim Bell. They are joined by Casey Dreier and Bill Nye for a very informative discussion.
Carl Sagan Day and the Total Solar Eclipse
Nicole Gugliucci and Scott Lewis with a roundup of this week's most important space-related events, Carl Sagan Day and the Total Solar Eclipse as seen from Cairns, Australia.
Analyzing Samples at Mars
Special Guest: Curiosity SAM Deputy PI Pamela Conrad.
Emily Lakdawalla and Pamela Conrad discuss the SAM instrument and Mars soil sample analysis.
Plans for CosmoQuest
Pamela and Scott discuss plans for CosmoQuest.
Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain with your biweekly update on Curiosity's activities on Mars, and news from the DPS meeting.
Curiosity's Activities on Mars
Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier with your biweekly update on Curiosity's activities on Mars.
Special Guest: Tom Diehl
Nicole speaks with Tom Diehl about Exploration Day.
Gale Crater, Mars from above and below
Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore Mars and map out plans for the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity… from a planetary geologist's perspective (Emily's).
TerraLuna Teaching Unit
Dr Pamela L. Gay talks to CosmoQuest Education Lead Georgia Bracey and Post Doc Nicole Gugliucci about the TerraLuna Teaching Unit designed to introduce teachers and students to the Moon Mappers citizen scientist project.
Mars Science with Curiosity Continued
Continuing this week, Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore the science that is being done by the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity.
Mars Science with Curiosity
Emily Lakdawalla and Fraser Cain explore the science that is being done by the Mars Science Lander, Curiosity.
Special Guest: Alan Stern
Dr Pamela L. Gay talks to former NASA deputy director Alan Stern about his new project, Uwingu. This startup, which is currently seeking start up funds through Indiegogo.
Plasma Physics & Moon Dust
Special Guest: Mihály Horányi
Jason Davis speaks with Mihály Horányi about plasma physics, lunar dust, space dust, and instrumentation on New Horizons and LADEE.
Special Guest: Jeff Foust
Guest Host Jason Davis speaks with Jeff Foust
Special Guest: Peter Platzer
Dr. Pamela Gay speaks with Peter Platzerof the ArduSat Project.
Ice Hunting with New Horizons Scientists
Special Guests: Alex Parker & JJ Kavelars
Pamela Gay speaks with Alex Parker & JJ Kavelars about the New Horizons mission, and methods of finding Kuiper belt objects.
How Curiosity will land on Mars
Special Guest: Ravi Prakash
Emily Lakdawalla speaks with Ravi Prakash, Curiosity Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems Engineer, who explaines how Curiosity will land on Mars, and why they've changed things since Spirit and Opportunity landed.
Sci-Fi and Science
Special Guest: Andrew Chaikin
Pamela Gay talks to author-speaker-space journalist, Andrew Chaikin.
Special Guest: Dan Durda.
Emily Lakdawalla talks to scientist Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute.
Special Guest: The Bad Astronomer
Pamela and Phil discuss the Venus transit
Dark Skies, Bright Kids
Special Guests: Paul Ries, Rachael Beaton, and Ryan Lynch
Nicole Gugliucci and guests talk about the Dark Skies, Bright Kids program.
Looking at Europa
Special Guest: Britney Schmidt
Emily Lakdawalla speaks about Europa with Britney Schmidt.
Astronomy Image Making
Special Guest: Jayanne English
Pamela Gay speaks with Jayanne English and two of her students about the whys and hows of Astronomy Image Making.
Google Lunar X-Prize
Special Guests: Chanda Gonzales and Leo Camacho
Pamela Gay speaks with Chanda and Leo about the Lunar X-Prize and MoonBots
Hosted by Pamela Gay
Planetary Geology with Robbie Herrick
Special Guest: Robbie Herrick
Emily Lakdawalla and Robbie Herrick discuss planetary geology.
Hosted by Emily Lakdawalla
Writer & producer Andre Bormanis
Special Guest: Andre Bormanis
Mat Kaplan chats with Science Fiction film consultant & TV show writer & producer Andre Bormanis
Hosted by Mat Kaplan
Planetary Science with Bill Nye
Hang out with Bill Nye the Planetary Guy in this week's Cosmoquest Science Hour. Host Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society chats with Bill as well as Planetary Radio producer Mat Kaplan about the future of planetary exploration.
Cassini mission planning with David Seal
Hang out with Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society and David Seal from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talking about how you get a gigantic spacecraft in orbit at Saturn to go where scientists want it to without breaking it.
SN1987a with Alex Filippenko
On February 23, 1987, a Supernova went off in the nearby universe for the first time since this advent of the telescope. Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, this unusual type II supernova offered a myriad of new in sites on how supernova do their explosive thing. Hear all the details from Alex Filippenko, a professor of astronomy at the University of California - Berkeley. Interview done by Pamela L. Gay.
Modern Lunar Science with Emily Lakdawalla, Barbara Cohen, and Irene Antonenko.
Originally Aired Feb. 15, 2012.
The launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in June of 2009 heralded a new era of lunar science. This mission has given us the first ever radar data of the lunar far side, topography data so precise you can glimpse the insides of permanently shadowed craters, and images so detailed you can see the plethora of space junk we have left lying around the Moon's surface. All this amazing data has transformed the way we see the Moon and what we are learning about it. Come hear Emily Lakdawalla (The Planetary Society), Barbara Cohen (NASA Marshal Space Flight Center), and Irene Antonenko (Planetary Institute of Toronto) discuss which findings they find most fascinating. Moderated by Pamela L. Gay.
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