The Planetary Society headed out to the Applied Physics Lab in Maryland for the historic Pluto encounter. Emily Lakdawalla and Bill Nye met the New Horizons team with congratulations and smiles!
Casey Dreier isn't the only member of our advocacy team. Here we meet some of the other Space Advocates.
Pluto and Charon orbit each other much different than the Earth and Moon. Dr. Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla have this special New Horizons themed Random Space Fact!
The New Horizons Spacecraft took about 9 years to get to Pluto, but it took 16 years before the mission was even on the launch pad! Here's a brief tale of how the Planetary Society helped keep the Pluto Project alive.
After 9 years, New Horizons is getting closer and closer to Pluto! Dr. Bruce Betts has a special RSF about the amazing speed of this spacecraft.
Back in 2006, New Horizons launched for Pluto. The Planetary Society asked the public to submit pictures that represented the year 2006 to be placed in a digital time capsule for 2015.
The Planetary Defense Conference took place in April of 2015 near Rome, Italy. During the conference, defenders of our planet shared ideas of how to protect Earth when the big one comes. There was also a very fun and very FAKE asteroid threat simulation. Scientists from around the world role played as politicians, public, media, and so on to see how an asteroid scenario would unfold.
During the week of the Planetary Defence Conference, Planetary Radio held a special event with some professional asteroid defenders. Music by Jim McKeever. Here is the full episode of Planetary Radio: http://bit.ly/1CL4lbC
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.