Dr. Bruce Betts, Director of Projects for the Planetary Society, will join me to highlight the progress being made on some of our current programs funded by the Planetary Society, including:
LaserBees: a radical new way to deflect potentially dangerous asteroids out of harm's way
PlanetVac: seed development of technology to quickly and cheaply gather soil or regolith samples from the surface of another planet
Shoemaker Grants: we fund highly-skilled amature astronomers to search for near-Earth asteroids
We'll also have an update on an upcoming live broadcast of Planetary Radio from host Mat Kaplan, and the latest on the weird budget situation at NASA regarding Planetary Science (more bad news).
Questions are encouraged! Tweet questions with hashtag #planetarylive, or post comments on our Google Plus event page or YouTube page where the video is broadcast.
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Laser Bees Spacecraft Concept
Artist’s conception of Laser Bees spacecraft swarming around a dangerous asteroid (or in this case, it uses an actual image from Deep Impact of Comet Tempel 1 to represent the threatening object).