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S.O.F.I.A.

In this episode of SciTech, we take you up to the telescope in the sky, SOFIA. Check out the technology and science behind operating a telescope in an airplane as we go for an overnight ride in the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 11: The Outer Solar System

Lecture 11 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the heliosphere, Oort Cloud, light pressure, solar sails, solar effects, comets, origin of solar system, and the laws of planetary motion. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

LightSail 2 engineers test for success

It's been a busy two months of testing for The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft.

Engineers spun the CubeSat like a record and shined flashlights in its electronic eyes in order to make sure everything goes according to plan when the solar sail heads into space. LightSail will soon be transported to Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory, where it will be flooded with magnetic fields in order to calibrate the spacecraft's attitude control system.

This short video showcases tests of the spacecraft's momentum wheel, gyroscopes, deployment motor and sun sensors.

 


 

The Planetary Post - Yuri's Night

Robert Picardo brings you the third installment of the Planetary Post, a monthly newsletter/video keeping you up to date on space news.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 10: Neptune and Trans Neptunian Objects including Pluto and KBOs

Lecture 10 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Neptune System, Transneptunian Objects (TNOs) including the Pluto System and Kuiper Belt Objects, and also covers the solar wind, aurorae, and the heliosphere. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

Bill Nye & 100 Years of our National Parks

At the Planetary Society we want citizens everywhere to know the cosmos and our place within it. 2016 is the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 9: Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Lecture 9 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons and introduces the Uranian and Neptune systems. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

 


 

SOFIA's New Zealand Adventure

Prior to the New Horizon's flyby, NASA's flying observatory, SOFIA, traveled all the way to New Zealand to observe Pluto's occultation.

 


 

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