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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 9: Uranus and Neptune Systems, and Trans Neptunian Object Discovery

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  • Mike Brown, Planetary Astronomer, California Institute of Technology

Lecture 9 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course starts with guest Dr. Mike Brown of Caltech, discoverer of Trans Neptunian Objects, then covers the Uranian and Neptunian systems including atmospheres, interiors, rings, and moons including Triton. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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2014 NASA Budget Hangout: Initial Reactions

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  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer

We take questions and analyze the White House's 2014 NASA budget proposal.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Programming in the Sciences

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Should all scientists be required to get formal training in computer science? Should they release their code as open-source software to the public? We talk with Chase Million, founder of Million Concepts, which provides scientific programming contracting to research scientists.

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Bill Nye Celebrates a Major Political Victory for the Planetary Society

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The President signed a spending bill that includes an extra $223 million for Planetary Science at NASA in 2013, restoring almost the entire proposed cut for this productive, successful program.

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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout: Reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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Emily Lakdawalla reports from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and Casey Dreier reports on great news for Planetary Science funding at NASA.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 8: Icy Galilean Satellites, Saturn System

Lecture 8 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers the Icy Galilean Satellites (Europa, Ganymede, Callisto) of Jupiter, and the Saturnian System including atmosphere, interior, rings, and moons including Enceladus and Titan. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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ALMA Adventure--Video Clips From the Radio Telescope's Inauguration in Chile's Atacama Desert

Mat Kaplan traveled to Chile's Atacama Desert for the inauguration of ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter submillimeter Array. Here's the video that complements his coverage on Planetary Radio. Watch the giant dishes do their cosmic dance! Feel the wind at 16,500 feet/5,000 meters! See the custom-built, 28-wheel transporter pull a 110-ton dish onto its back! Hear ISS astronauts congratulate the international ALMA team!

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 7: Asteroid Belt, Jupiter System

Guests

  • Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab

Lecture 7 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers asteroid hunting from space with Dr. Amy Mainzer (JPL), NEOWISE principal investigator, in addition to covering the Asteroid Belt (characteristics, asteroids visited, meteorites), and the Jupiter system (planet, atmosphere and interior, magnetosphere, aurora, ring, moons including Io; icy Galilean satellites will be covered next week). Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 6: Mars (cont.), Asteroid Threat

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  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Lecture 6 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers Mars (continued: Phoenix, rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, including an update from Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society, and moons), and the near Earth asteroid threat to Earth, including statistics, past impacts, and information on the recent 2012 DA14 flyby and Chelyabinsk fireball. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetary Society Hangout: March 7th, 2013 - What's Going On With Curiosity and a NASA Budget Update

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The Curiosity rover hit an unexpected snag last week and had to switch over to a backup computer. It's coming out of "Safe Mode" operations later this week, but JPL engineers are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. We talk to Emily Lakdawalla to find out more.

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