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Video guide to the February 15, 2013 Close Pass by Asteroid 2012 DA14

Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts reassures us in this brief and fascinating video explanation of what will happen--and what won't happen--when this big asteroid comes closer to Earth than many satellites.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Jan 31, 2013: Sarah Noble on Working on the Moon from Washington


We welcomed guest Sarah Noble to our weekly Google+ Hangout. Sarah is a lunar geologist and a civil servant working in the Research & Analysis program at NASA Headquarters. We'll talk about squiggly lines on the Moon, about working at NASA HQ, and the lunar mission launching later this year, LADEE, for which Sarah has recently been named Program Scientist.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Jan 24th, 2013 - Hunting Asteroids with Gary Hug


  • Gary Hug, Astronomer, Sandlot Observatory
  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

Gary Hug is an asteroid hunter. He scans the skies every night looking for new near-Earth objects and refining orbital measurements for existing ones. He is also one of the Planetary Society's Gene Shoemaker Grant recipients, which is our program to provide highly-skilled amateur astronomers with the equipment and support needed to continue the search for potentially hazardous asteroids.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Jan 17th, 2013 - Curiosity Drilling with Joel Hurowitz


Dr. Joel Hurowitz from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory joins Emily Lakdawalla this week to talk about Curiosity's drilling and sampling system.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Jan 10th, 2013 - Exoplanets Everywhere with Astronomer Meg Schwamb


Join Dr. Meg Swchwamb to discuss the huge number of exoplanets being found by NASA's Kepler mission.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Jan 3rd, 2013 - Mars scientist Jim Bell


  • Jim Bell, President of the Board of Directors, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

Dr. Jim Bell, lead scientist on the cameras for Spirit and Opportunity and mission scientist for the Mastcam instrument on Curiosity, joins us to talk about Mars.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Dec 20th, 2012 - Talking Titan with Sarah Horst


  • Sarah Hörst, NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Casey Dreier, Director of Advocacy, The Planetary Society

This week, we're excited to have as a guest Dr. Sarah Hörst. Sarah is a postdoc at the University of Colorado whose current line of research involves experimental work on the complex atmospheric chemistry of Titan. She is also applying to be an astronaut!

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The Planetary Society Says Thank You!

To show our gratitude for your support, The Planetary Society staff and partners around the world send you heartfelt thanks via this short video.

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Planetary Radio LIVE: MSL Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger and Project Manager Richard Cook


Discoveries on Mars are rolling in as Curiosity rolls across the planet's surface. We celebrate the powerful rover and its spectacular mission with the leaders of the Curiosity team at JPL, Project Manager Richard Cook and Project Scientist John Grotzinger.

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Planetary Society Hangout: GRAIL's Demise, Curiosity Arrives (at Yellowknife), and the 2020 Rover Surprise


Emily Lakdawalla and Bruce Betts join Casey Dreier to talk about GRAIL's upcoming "deorbit", the current update on Curiosity, and what's next for the newly-announced 2020 rover mission.

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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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Consider the Following

Videos produced by Toshiba and The Planetary Society, originally aired in Times Square.

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Snapshots from Space

The Planetary Society's video series that takes you to the final frontier.

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