On April 4, 2015 the Earth cast its shadow across the backdrop of the Moon in a Total Lunar Eclipse. A stunning reminder of how impressive our little solar system is. Video by Merc Boyan | Music by Jim McKeever
Why isn't the Moon pitch black during a total lunar eclipse? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
In the final years of the Cold War, The Planetary Society was on the forefront of space diplomacy with its "To Mars, Together" campaign, which proposed a joint U.S.–Soviet human mission to Mars. Spearheaded by Society founders Bruce Murray, Carl Sagan, and Lou Friedman, the Society arranged for an unprecedented virtual conference between scientists in Moscow and Boulder, Colorado. While the collapse of the Cold War ultimately ended this campaign, the Society remains committed to Mars as a unifying human destination in space for all nations.
Launching pairs of spacecraft: If at first you don't succeed, tree tree again? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
Take a look at The Planetary Society's past in this interview with former Director Louis Friedman discussing SETI and solar sailing. His book inspired our LightSail project, ready to launch in 2016 (with a test launch in May 2015).
Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Galilean Satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) of Jupiter, and the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons including Iapetus and Enceladus. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Lecture 7 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2014 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers asteroid Ceres, the near Earth asteroid threat to Earth (including statistics, past impacts, and information on the Chelyabinsk fireball), and introduces the Jupiter system. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
In December 2014, the Planetary Society headed to Florida for the first test launch of the Orion spacecraft. There were already thousands of cameras pointing at the rocket, so we decided to point ours to the people. This short documentary brings you to the Kennedy Space Center and shows you what it feels like to experience a launch this big.
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.