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Spacecraft Do-Over

Launching pairs of spacecraft: If at first you don't succeed, tree tree again? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 8: Galilean Satellites, Saturn System

Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Galilean Satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) of Jupiter, and the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons including Iapetus and Enceladus. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 7: Near Earth Asteroids, Jupiter System

Lecture 7 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers asteroid Ceres, the near Earth asteroid threat to Earth (including statistics, past impacts, and information on the Chelyabinsk fireball), and introduces the Jupiter system. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Dawn of Orion

In December 2014, the Planetary Society headed to Florida for the first test launch of the Orion spacecraft. There were already thousands of cameras pointing at the rocket, so we decided to point ours to the people. This short documentary brings you to the Kennedy Space Center and shows you what it feels like to experience a launch this big.

 


 

Meteor...or Fireball?

What's that hurling toward the Earth?! Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 6: Mars (cont.), Asteroids

Lecture 6 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mars (continued discussion including Opportunity and Curiosity) and Asteroids (general, exploration, asteroid belt, meteorites). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Sailing Through Space with LightSail

The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015. The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat's critical systems.

In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will piggyback into orbit aboard the first operational flight of SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy rocket for a full-fledged solar sailing demonstration.

 


 

Planetary Deep Drill

The Planetary Deep Drill is the first of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.

 


 

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