Hold on to your hats! This week's RSF is all about high wind speeds.
Planetary Society CEO, Bill Nye, introduces the ISS Above raspberry pi. This little computer tracks the International Space Station in real time! And when the ISS is in daylight, the onboard cameras can be displayed on your TV. This gadget was created by a Planetary Society Member, Liam Kennedy.
In 2020, a new Mars Rover will land somewhere on Mars. How do they decide where to land? Part of being a space advocate means being empowered by knowing the mission process.
Lecture 6 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2016 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Venus (characteristics, geologic evolution, exploration, surface landers, exploration), and Mars (characteristics, many types of geologic features, poles, exploration spacecraft). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
The Planetary Society introduces LightSail 2, a solar sailing CubeSat that uses the pressure of sunlight for propulsion. LightSail 2 is the successor to LightSail 1, which completed a successful test flight last year. The new spacecraft will launch with Georgia Tech's Prox-1 satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
MARS MADNESS!! Bruce is back at the California Science Center for this week's RSF about the Viking 1 Lander and the first clear image of the surface of Mars.
Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Moon, 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 habitable zone, greenhouse effect, temperature systems (Kelvins, Celsius, Fahrenheit), and the carbon cycle. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
Lecture 3 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers optical, radio, and space telescopes, eclipses, and an introduction to the Moon including lunar tides, phases and impact cratering. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.
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