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Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 5: Venus (cont.), Mars

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 - Coming Soon!

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.

 


 

Your Passport to Explore the Endless Frontier

Enjoy this 1989 commercial for The Planetary Society. Come with us on a voyage of discovery.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 4: Eclipses, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

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.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. 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.

 


 

Eros, Asteroid of Love (featuring Robert Picardo)

The Asteroid Eros has love written all over it and Star Trek's Robert Picardo stops by to help Bruce with his acting chops on Random Space Fact with Dr. Bruce Betts!

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2015. Class 2: How We Explore Space

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 begins 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.

 


 

Icy Worlds at JPL with Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan visited JPL for a special media event about the Icy Worlds we're exploring this year. The President's Budget Request was also released the same day. You'll hear from Robert Pappalardo about a new start for a Europa mission which is included in the budget. Thanks to supporters like you, our advocacy efforts have been paying off!

 


 

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