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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 6: Mars (cont.), Asteroid Threat

Guests

  • 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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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 5: Venus (cont.), Mars

Lecture 5 of Dr. Bruce Betts' 2013 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.

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Planetary Society Hangout: Asteroid Astronomy with Andy Rivkin

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Emily and Andy talked about the menagerie of rocks in the asteroid belt, how many of them travel in pairs and triples, how some of them are surprisingly wet, and how much you can learn about asteroids using Earth-based telescopes.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. Class 4: Mercury, Venus-Earth-Mars Atmospheres, Venus

Lecture 4 of Dr. Bruce Betts' online Introductory Planetary Science and Astronomy course covers 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.

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Intro Astronomy 2013. 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, lunar tides, phases, and solar eclipses. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

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Planetcast Webcast: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 AND the Meteor Airburst

Guests

  • Bruce Betts, Director of Science and Technology, The Planetary Society
  • Bill Nye, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jaime Nomen, astronomer, Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra (La Sagra Observatory)

Watch the recording of our popular webcast about these two historic events, featuring Bill Nye and Bruce Betts.

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Planetary Society Hangout with Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing: nearby exoplanets

Guests

  • Courtney Dressing, Student Astronaut, The Planetary Society's Red Rover Goes to Mars project
  • Emily Lakdawalla, Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society

Emily Lakdawalla and Courtney Dressing to talk about just how common Earth-sized exoplanets may be in our neighborhood.

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