The first of The Planetary Society's two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015. The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat's critical systems.
In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will piggyback into orbit aboard the first operational flight of SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy rocket for a full-fledged solar sailing demonstration.
We have Outreach Coordinators around the planet who organize local events, bringing people together to learn and celebrate space science and exploration. Check out planetary.org/volunteer to find your local volunteer group!
Bill Nye and Merc Boyan introduce The Planetary Society's new one-stop shop for all videos. Take a tour of planetary.org/tv to discover each of our series: Random Space Fact, Other Worlds, The Space Advocate, and SciTech.
How is Dawn able to orbit two extraterrestrial worlds? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
Sail with us back in time to 1983. Join Carl Sagan as he introduces you to The Planetary Society. Although we have grown and changed over the years, our core values and goals remain the same.
Lecture 5 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Venus (continued: surface landers, exploration), and Mars (characteristics, many types of geologic features, poles, exploration spacecraft: flyby, orbiters, and landers/rovers). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Other Worlds with Emily Lakdawalla will be a new series about the different worlds in our solar system and the robots that help us explore them.
Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers eclipses, Mercury (characteristics, geology, core, exploration, water ice at poles), the Terrestrial Planet Atmospheres/Triad Planets -- a comparison of Venus, Earth, and Mars and why their atmospheres are so different, including discussions of the Greenhouse Effect, temperature systems (Kelvins, Celsius, Fahrenheit), and plate tectonics; and Venus (characteristics, geologic evolution, exploration). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
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