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.
Lecture 13 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers galaxies (our place in the Milky Way, types of galaxies, Hubble Deep Field), the Universe (determining distances, expansion of the universe, Big Bang theory and evolution of the universe, WMAP and Planck results, dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos), and life in the universe (Earth life requirements, astrobiology, SETI). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
An explainer on using Photoshop to remove interline transfer smear from MAHLI or Mastcam image frames.
Lecture 12 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 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). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Lecture 11 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers exoplanets (planets around other stars) including discovery techniques, current knowledge and characteristics, multi-planet systems, and features an interview with Dr. Debra Fischer (Yale University). Lecture 11 also covers the origin and formation of the Solar System. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
The Planetary Society is busy during this year's spring budget season in the United States. Casey Dreier, the Director of Advocacy for The Planetary Society, provides a quick rundown on what we've accomplished so far.
Our LightSail test mission was successfully completed and our Kickstarter campaign ended June 26th, raising $1.24 million dollars for LightSail's 2016 solar sailing mission! Miss the Kickstarter campaign, but still want to donate? You can!