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LightSail 2 Deployment Tests

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.

 


 

Viking Lander 1

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.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 4: Moon, Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres

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.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. Class 3: Telescopes, Eclipses, and the Moon

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.

 


 

The Planetary Post - Feb 2016

Robert Picardo and Bill Nye bring you the first installment of the Planetary Post, a monthly newsletter/video keeping you up to date on space news.

 


 

Splashdown

Bruce heads the California Science Center for this week's Random Space Fact about the Apollo-Soyuz Project.

 


 

Endeavour Ahoy

Bruce heads the California Science Center for this week's Random Space Fact about the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

 


 

Intro Astronomy 2016. 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 concludes 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.

 


 

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