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LightSail Update: The International Solar Sailing Symposium

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/10/01 12:00 CDT

Japan's IKAROS team stole the show at the International Solar Sailing Symposium in New York City, where they announced that their spacecraft had achieved controlled solar sail flight.

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Bill Nye Connects with Space People at IAC

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/30 12:23 CDT

The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC)is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Bill Nye is attending on behalf of the Planetary Society.

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Mars Climate Sounder Watches Mars Weather to Prepare for Curiosity Landing

Posted by David Kass on 2010/09/29 12:00 CDT

Two weeks ago Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) started a four-week campaign to support entry, descent, and landing phase for the next Mars rover, Mars Science Laboratory (or "Curiosity").

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Bill Nye Given the World(s)

Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/09/07 07:01 CDT

Lou Friedman handed off the keys to the Planetary Society -- and a few worlds as well -- to new Executive Director Bill Nye.

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Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/26 12:00 CDT

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere.

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LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/26 12:00 CDT

Last week, Bill Nye and I attended the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

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LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/07/26 11:32 CDT

While we were in New York for the International Solar Sailing Symposium last week, we held a meeting with the Japanese IKAROS team to discuss technical results and issues in our two projects.

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Observing the Martian Atmosphere for Two Mars Years

Posted by David Kass on 2010/07/13 12:00 CDT

June 29, 2010 was the second Martian anniversary of the start of Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) observations at Mars.

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LightSail-1 Passes Critical Design Review

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/06/25 12:00 CDT | 1 comments

LightSail-1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

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Firming Up the Spacecraft Design

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/27 12:00 CDT

The LightSail-1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.

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Stephen Hawking Receives Cosmos Award

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/03/07 11:20 CST

The Planetary Society presented the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science to Stephen Hawking in Cambridge England on February 27.

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Visitor from JAXA Stops at Planetary Society

Posted by Forest Purnell on 2010/01/29 10:07 CST | 1 comments

The Planetary Society regularly hosts interns and visiting scientists and engineers from world space agencies. Recently, we've had the pleasure of working with JAXA's Toshiaki Takemae.

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Countdown to the Budget...

Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/01/28 10:12 CST

The world's space community -- and the public -- is awaiting the Obama Administration's new plan for human and robotic space flight. We expect the plan will be unveiled as part of the formal submission to Congress of the Administration's proposed budget for the Federal Government.

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FINDS Exo-Earths Starts Up: Testing the Prototype

Posted by Debra Fischer on 2009/10/30 12:00 CDT | 2 comments

The prototype that Julien constructed in the lab was taken to Lick Observatory, and we had our first-light run with the fiber in July.

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Optical SETI's Growing Capabilities

Posted by Paul Horowitz on 2009/10/28 12:00 CDT

Often, the phrase “next steps” has been known to describe things that don't actually happen. But for The Planetary Society's All-sky Optical SETI, it's different. Here's what's happened in the last year.

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Astropulse: A Fresh Look at the Skies in Search of E.T.

Posted by Amir Alexander on 2009/08/27 12:00 CDT

If you were a member of an alien civilization trying to communicate across the immeasurable distances of space, how would you go about it?

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Canto IV: A Cog in the Wheel, a New Star in the Sky

Posted by David Seal on 2009/06/06 01:02 CDT

David Seal talks about his experience working with Kevin Beurle.

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