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.
Julielynn Wong from 3DM4D printed us a 3D Planetary Society logo while we were at the Humans Orbiting Mars Workshop. And it glows in the dark! How cool is that?
While the deployment commands were being sent from CalPoly, our team here at TPS Headquarters was listening in to all the excitement! While deploying sails, the motor count goes from 0 to 134,200. The reading that 18,000 motor spins had occurred was the announcement we were waiting for!
JAXA's Hayabusa spacecraft takes a sample of Dr. Bruce Betts' property in this week's Random Space Fact! (Roma Edition)
Once the President's Budget Request is finished, there are still several more steps before the budget is complete. Here we take you through the second part of the budgeting process and explain why it's so important to follow in order to help NASA get the most money it can every year.
LightSail is communicating with us once again! There has been a lot to celebrate this month. Here's a look back at how we celebrated the successful launch of this test mission.
Meanwhile, back in Rome...Twins are the subject of temples and constellations far off in the distance. Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
On Tuesday, May 19, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft rolled out to the launch pad. Liftoff on the 20th was a success! In this video, the Atlas is rolling, rolling, rolling—and getting into place for the launch!
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