It's been a busy two months of testing for The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft.
Engineers spun the CubeSat like a record and shined flashlights in its electronic eyes in order to make sure everything goes according to plan when the solar sail heads into space. LightSail will soon be transported to Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory, where it will be flooded with magnetic fields in order to calibrate the spacecraft's attitude control system.
This short video showcases tests of the spacecraft's momentum wheel, gyroscopes, deployment motor and sun sensors.
Robert Picardo brings you the third installment of the Planetary Post, a monthly newsletter/video keeping you up to date on space news.
Lecture 10 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Neptune System, Transneptunian Objects (TNOs) including the Pluto System and Kuiper Belt Objects, and also covers the solar wind, aurorae, and the heliosphere. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
At the Planetary Society we want citizens everywhere to know the cosmos and our place within it. 2016 is the one hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service.
Lecture 9 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons and introduces the Uranian and Neptune systems. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Prior to the New Horizon's flyby, NASA's flying observatory, SOFIA, traveled all the way to New Zealand to observe Pluto's occultation.
Go to new heights in this week's Random Space Fact.
Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Jupiter, the Galilean Satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto), and introduces the Saturnian System. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.