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ALMA Adventure--Video Clips From the Radio Telescope's Inauguration in Chile's Atacama Desert

Mat Kaplan traveled to Chile's Atacama Desert for the inauguration of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter submillimeter Array. Here's the video that complements his coverage on Planetary Radio. Watch the giant dishes do their cosmic dance! Feel the wind at 16,500 feet/5,000 meters! See the custom-built, 28-wheel transporter pull a 110-ton dish onto its back! Hear ISS astronauts congratulate the international ALMA team!

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Planetary Society Hangout: March 7th, 2013 - What's Going On With Curiosity and a NASA Budget Update

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The Curiosity rover hit an unexpected snag last week and had to switch over to a backup computer. It's coming out of "Safe Mode" operations later this week, but JPL engineers are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. We talk to Emily Lakdawalla to find out more.

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Planetcast Webcast: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 AND the Meteor Airburst

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jaime Nomen, astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra (La Sagra Observatory)

Watch the recording of our popular webcast about these two historic events, featuring Bill Nye and Bruce Betts.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Asteroid Astronomy with Andy Rivkin

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Emily and Andy talked about the menagerie of rocks in the asteroid belt, how many of them travel in pairs and triples, how some of them are surprisingly wet, and how much you can learn about asteroids using Earth-based telescopes.

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Planetary Society Hangout with Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing: nearby exoplanets

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  • Courtney Dressing, Student Astronaut, The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing to talk about just how common Earth-sized exoplanets may be in our neighborhood.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 11: Exoplanets and Solar System Origin and Formation

Lecture 11 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Exoplanets (planets around other stars) including discovery techniques and current knowledge and characteristics, and multi-planet systems including a previously recorded interview with Kepler scientist Dr. Darin Ragozzine (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory). Lecture 11 also covers the origin and formation of the Solar System as well as a quick look at Kepler's 3rd law and planetary orbits. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 4: Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mercury (characteristics, geology, core, exploration, water ice at poles), the Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres/Triad Planets -- a comparison of Venus, Earth, and Mars and why their atmospheres are so different, including discussions of the Greenhouse Effect, temperature systems (Kelvins, Celsius, Fahrenheit), and plate tectonics; and Venus (characteristics, geologic evolution, exploration). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 2: How We Explore Space

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Lecture 2 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers easy things to see in the night sky without a telescope, and the electromagnetic spectrum (from gamma rays to visible to radio waves) -- what it is, and how and why we use different wavelength regions to explore planets and even learn their compositions. The class starts with guest Mat Kaplan, Media Producer for The Planetary Society and Bruce and Mat record a What's Up segment for Planetary Radio. Filmed at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 12: The Sun and Stars

Lecture 12 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Sun (physical characteristics, zones, solar cycle, sunspots, flares, coronal mass ejections, fusion, etc.) and Stars and Stellar Evolution (star types and colors, evolution, HR Diagrams, birth and death phases, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes), as well as brief coverage of solar sails and Lagrange Points. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills. Note this lecture was previously recorded.

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Bruce Betts' Online College Intro Astronomy Course 2014

Planetary Society Director of Projects Dr. Bruce Betts is teaching an online introductory college Astronomy class during Spring semester 2014. Find out how to watch live or watch the archive here. The course is through California State University Dominguez Hills.

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