On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will fly very close to Mars. Here’s a 5 minute video introduction to get you up to speed on this planetary near miss, and some suggestions on how to find out more now, during, and after the encounter.
This timelapse video of LightSail's sail deployment test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Sept. 23 shows the sails being deployed and tensioned. After the test, a three-person team refolds the sails and stows them back in the spacecraft. Credit: Justin Foley
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On July 9, The Planetary Society announced the launch of LightSail-1. Watch the recap to hear from experts and space fans alike. In April 2016, LightSail-1 and its parent satellite, Prox-1, are scheduled to hitch a ride to orbit aboard SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy rocket. LightSail-1 will be released into space, unfurl its silver sails and attempt to become the first CubeSat to demonstrate controlled solar sailing—flight by light.
The BBC World News America interviewed Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye before an event on Captiol Hill entitled The Lure of Europa. The Planetary Society event featured three congressmen, including the Chairman of the House Science Committe, NASA's Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, JPL Europa Study Scientist Robert Pappalardo, and Bill Nye The Science Guy.
The entire video of The Planetary Society's special Washington, D.C. event, The Lure of Europa. Featuring Bill Nye, NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan, JPL Europa Scientist Robert Pappalardo, House Science Chairman Lamar Smith, Rep. John Culberson, and Rep. Adam Schiff.
CubeSats are tiny, low-cost satellites that have opened up new avenues of space research for universities and small organizations. To help CubeSat applications reach the next level, The Planetary Society is testing an elegant propulsion method called solar sailing that could help CubeSats maneuver in Earth orbit and reach interplanetary destinations.
Check out our 321-Science video to learn how we chose this asteroid as the target of OSIRIS-REx.
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.