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with Bruce Betts

Our resident planetary scientist and Director of Projects will keep you up to date on all the exciting projects we are working on. From searching for dangerous asteroids to flying our very own solar sail spacecraft, Bruce will make sure you know what's going on plus enlighten you with his unique bits of space trivia with Random Space Facts, too!

Bruce Betts

LRO and LCROSS Reach Moon on Tuesday

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/06/23 12:15 CDT

LRO and LCROSS Reach Moon on Tuesday

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Final Update from Planetary Defense Conference

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/30 06:55 CDT

Final Update from Planetary Defense Conference

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Planetary Defense Conference: Interesting Tidbits

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/30 04:03 CDT

Planetary Defense Conference: Interesting Tidbits

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Planetary Defense Conference: Apophis Mission Design Competition

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/29 05:15 CDT

Planetary Defense Conference: Apophis Mission Design Competition

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More from the Planetary Defense Conference: Shoemaker Grant Winners

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/27 06:54 CDT

More from the Planetary Defense Conference: Shoemaker Grant Winners

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Updates from the IAA Planetary Defense Conference

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/27 06:27 CDT

Updates from the IAA Planetary Defense Conference

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Updates on the 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/27 12:00 CDT

Our 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant winners have been extremely busy over the past two years. Take for example Quanzhi Ye of Guangzhou, China: He was only 18 when he received the award but already the principal investigator of the sky survey at the Lulin Observatory in Taiwan.

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Solar Sail Update: New Opportunities

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/04/01 12:00 CDT

At the beginning of this decade, we designed a mission to accomplish this goal. We launched Cosmos 1 in June 2005, but the Volna rocket that was to place the spacecraft in orbit failed, and we were never able to test our solar sail in flight. These days, The Planetary Society is working with colleagues at NASA and at the Russian Space Research Institute to put together a new solar sail mission.

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