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Revitalized 0.81m telescope studying properties of NEOs

Bruce Betts • March 31, 2015

Thanks to a new focal reducer and re-aluminized mirror from a Shoemaker NEO grant, a 0.81-meter telescope in Italy is performing astrometric follow-up observations and physical studies of asteroids.

Our Global Volunteers: February 2015 Update

Kate Howells • February 19, 2015

The Planetary Society has amazing volunteers doing outreach work around the globe. Check out what they've been up to recently!

A Fresh Approach to Fundraising

Richard Chute • February 13, 2015

We want you to know that we’ve been listening to you. Members have highlighted the number of fundraising appeals from The Society, and we agree that the number of requests should be streamlined.

Take My Free Online College Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy CSUDH Class

Bruce Betts • February 04, 2015

Our own Dr. Bruce Betts is once again teaching his Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy college course online. Come join him.

Getting to know the Planetary Society staff

Jennifer Vaughn • January 09, 2015

Working for The Planetary Society is an extraordinary job—we deal with extraordinary subject matter, we have an extraordinary mission, we work with extraordinary people, and we work for our extraordinary members and supporters. Jennifer Vaughn introduces some of the new staff here.

Infinite Visions, One Planetary Society

• December 17, 2014

Three weeks ago, we launched a social media campaign hoping to engage the public in space exploration. What we achieved was more than we expected—our Infinite Visions campaign reached more than 2.5 million people in 47 countries.

Our Global Volunteers: December 2014 Update

Kate Howells • December 12, 2014

The Planetary Society’s Global Volunteer Network has been busy these past few months!

Onward! The Planetary Society's Strategic Plan through 2017

Jennifer Vaughn • December 06, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, The Planetary Society steps into our 35th anniversary year with a new strategic plan.

Quick update about our website

• November 21, 2014

The last two weeks have been extraordinary for The Planetary Society. As amazing as this increased traffic is, it has brought to light some issues with our website including latency and missing content that we are still working on fixing.

TPS at DPS: A Screening of Desert Moon, Advocacy with Casey Dreier, and a Sagan Lecture

Jason Davis • November 06, 2014

The Planetary Society will be well-represented at next week's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

NASA selects Planetary Society LIFE Proposal

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2014

NASA has selected a Planetary Society proposal to study accommodation of the Society’s LIFE (Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment) biomodule on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

Building Our Community by Being Part of it

Jennifer Vaughn • June 06, 2014

The last six weeks have been especially busy due to an unusually high number of conferences and festivals, so I thought I'd summarize what's been going on and how The Planetary Society has been involved.

Planetary Society Canada Update

Kate Howells • May 28, 2014

Canadian National Coordinator Kate Howells provides an update on the state of the Society's Canadian initiative.

Behind the scenes: Our spring Board of Directors meeting

Jennifer Vaughn • May 20, 2014

Twice a year, the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society gathers for a face-to-face meeting. Jennifer Vaughn reports on the meeting.

Complete 2014 Astronomy Course Online

Bruce Betts • May 19, 2014

Bruce Betts has completed the lectures for his online 2014 Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy Course at CSUDH: all are online and you can earn a Certificate of Achievement for watching them.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 13: Galaxies, the Universe, Life

Bruce Betts • May 08, 2014

Discover the Universe including the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, life and more in this video of class 13 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 12: The Sun and Stars

Bruce Betts • May 01, 2014

Explore the physical characteristics and inner workings of the Sun and then learn all about Stars and Stellar Evolution in this video of class 12 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

An Open Letter to the Planetary Science Community

Jim Bell • May 01, 2014

Dr. Jim Bell, a planetary scientist and President of the Planetary Society, calls on his colleagues to write Congress in support of planetary exploration and to support The Society.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 11: Exoplanets and Solar System Origin and Formation

Bruce Betts • April 25, 2014

Learn about the formation and origin of the Solar System and go beyond our neighborhood to investigate exoplanets (planets around other stars) in this video of class 11 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 10: Trans Neptunian Objects including Pluto, KBOs, Comets

Bruce Betts • April 18, 2014

Explore the worlds beyond Neptune including Pluto, Kuiper Belt Objects and comets in this video of class 10 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

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