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.
What's that hurling toward the Earth?! Dr. Bruce Betts has this week's Random Space Fact!
Lecture 6 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2015 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mars (continued discussion including Opportunity and Curiosity) and Asteroids (general, exploration, asteroid belt, meteorites). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
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.
The Planetary Deep Drill is the first of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.
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!
The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.