This very special episode of RSF is here just in time for the LightSail test flight on May 20th. Dr. Bruce Betts and his new friend tell you about the power of light and solar sailing!
You know The Planetary Society has always been Your Place In Space. Now you can join us in claiming some space here on Earth by purchasing a piece of our new headquarters through our Buy a Brick Campaign (http://planetary.org/bricks).
To back this project go to: http://www.planetary.org/kickstarter
Planet George? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
This throwback is long, but worth the watch! Hear the 1988 Mars Declaration from The Planetary Society as read by Carl Sagan, Gene Roddenbery, Isaac Asimov, Ann Druyan, Thomas Paine, Louis Friedman, Bruce Murray, Steve Allen, and Diane Ackerman just to name a few. Enjoy this lengthy piece of our history!
Lecture 13 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 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.
In 1976, Carl Sagan appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about a crazy new idea: solar sailing. Nearly 40 years later, The Planetary Society is realizing this dream with a new spacecraft called LightSail designed to propel through space on beams of sunlight.
How big is the Sun compared to Mars? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
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!