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Bruce BettsMarch 6, 2014

Intro Astronomy Class 5: Venus (continued) and Mars

In my fifth class of my Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class at CSUDH, I continue our exploration of Venus and then begin looking at Mars. The video is below. For more information about the class, see my class page,

This lecture covers Venus (continued: surface landers, exploration), and Mars (characteristics, many types of geologic features, poles, exploration spacecraft: flyby, orbiters, and landers/rovers). Mars Science Laboratory Chief Engineer / LDSD Project Engineer Rob Manning joins the Mars discussion from JPL. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

In the next class, I will continue our exploration of Mars and also discuss near Earth asteroids.

Read more: Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner, Venus Express, weather and climate, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, planetary astronomy, Mars Odyssey, history, Opportunity, Spirit, Mars Express, Venus, Mars Exploration Rovers, explaining technology, geology, Planetary Society Video, impact cratering, explaining science, Mars, Planetary Society, explaining image processing

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