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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 3: Telescopes, the Moon

Lecture 3 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers optical, radio, and space telescopes, the history, exploration, and importance of the Moon to our Solar System understanding, as well as impact cratering and lunar tides and phases. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 2: How We Explore Space

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Lecture 2 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers easy things to see in the night sky without a telescope, and the electromagnetic spectrum (from gamma rays to visible to radio waves) -- what it is, and how and why we use different wavelength regions to explore planets and even learn their compositions. The class concludes with guest Mat Kaplan, Media Producer for The Planetary Society and Bruce and Mat record a What's Up segment for Planetary Radio. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 1: Tour of the Solar System

Take a tour of the Solar System in class 1 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Over the Moon with Bill Nye and the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration

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  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Bill Nye gets sent over the Moon via the LADEE Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) laser link. The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla connected live with LLCD principal investigator Don Boroson at MIT's Lincoln Laboratories and LADEE project manager Don Cornwell at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center to see the LLCD link in action. They played a congratulatory video from Bill Nye over the lunar link to be received on Earth. LLCD paves the way for future space missions to use lasers for high-bandwidth communications, including live HD video from space.

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Bill Nye Welcomes You to Roverfest 2014!

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It's a 10th anniversary party for Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that is still exploring and discovering on the Red Planet. Join our celebration!

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Join the Rover Party With Bill Nye and Robert Picardo

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Bill Nye the Science Guy and his buddy, Robert, are ready for the 10th anniversary of Opportunity on Mars. The little Mars Exploration Rover is still going strong. Join the celebration!

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The MarsDials and Bill Nye the Science Guy

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Bill Nye tells how a simple shadowcaster intended for the Mars Exploration Rovers became an interplanetary campaign with the slogan, "Two Worlds, One Sun."

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How 4 Million People and 2 Astrobots Went to Mars

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society

Director of Projects Bruce Betts remembers Red Rover Goes to Mars, the Planetary Society's very challenging yet rewarding collaboration with NASA and LEGO that put the names of 4 million exploration fans on the Red Planet, along with Astrobots Biff Starling and Sandy Moondust.

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Student Astronaut 10th Anniversary Hangout

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  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society
  • Abigail Fraeman, Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Scholar and KISS Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology

For Spirit and Opportunity's 10th anniversary of their landing on Mars, Emily Lakdawalla checks in the student scientists who participated in the Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project.

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2013 Thank You Message From Bill Nye and the Planetary Society

Our members and supporters made us your place in space for 2013. CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy, our volunteers, project leaders and staff take this opportunity to share their gratitude.

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