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Bill Nye Asks Obama To Embrace Planetary Exploration, Fund Science
2013-12-09 14:53:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bill Nye “The Science Guy” sent out an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to embrace a vision of planetary exploration. Nye, who is CEO of The Planetary Society, asked President Obama to grant more funding to science, specifically that which is focused on studying our Solar System. “Mr. President, the space program, NASA, is the best brand the United States has,” Nye said in the open letter. “Right now what NASA...

Former JPL Director Bruce C. Murray Dies After A Long Illness At The Age Of 81
2013-08-30 06:59:54

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Murray was at the helm of JPL from 1976 to 1982, during a very busy time for planetary exploration - when the Viking spacecraft landed on Mars, and Voyager 1 and 2 were launched and flew by Jupiter and Saturn. After leaving JPL, Murray was a professor of planetary science and geology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, which manages JPL for NASA. As JPL director, Murray faced a rapidly shrinking budget, along with the rest of NASA....

The Planetary Society Conditionally Supports NASA's Asteroid Mission
2013-05-16 09:59:44

The Planetary Society NASA's asteroid mission could represent a new milestone in humanity's presence in and influence on the Solar System. For the first time in history, we would capture an entire object in orbit around the Sun and move it to a place of our choosing. We would evolve from mere observers of the motions of the heavens to participants in determining them. The Planetary Society conditionally supports NASA's plan to capture a small asteroid and place it in lunar orbit. In the...

2012-08-01 08:35:14

SIT IN A SPACE SHIP, TOUCH A PIECE OF MARS, AND MEET BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY®, STAR TREK´S ROBERT PICARDO, NASA SCIENTISTS, MARS EXPERTS AND MORE 2-Day Event in Pasadena, Calif. and Around the World to Celebrate the Landing of NASA´s Rover Curiosity on Mars On August 4 and 5, the world´s attention will once again turn to space, as NASA prepares for the descent and landing of its newest rover Curiosity on Mars. In celebration of this historic event, The Planetary...

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2009-11-10 14:33:06

The Planetary Society on Monday announced plans to launch its second attempt at a spacecraft that will be powered by the sun. The first time the society attempted to launch a solar sail five years ago, it fell short of its orbital target and landed in the ocean. "We are going to merge the ultra-light technology of nanosats with the ultra-large technology of solar sails in an audacious new program-- setting a course to the stars," said Louis D. Friedman, co-founder of The Planetary Society....

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2008-08-01 05:30:00

Long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly out at the seemingly endless expanse of ocean, over a horizon suffused softly with ocean mist, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then, they fashioned a boat, rigged it with a large cloth to catch the wind, and set sail. Not quite so long ago, someone stood alone on a sandy shore and gazed longingly up at the seemingly endless expanse of space, suffused softly with sparkling stars, musing "I wonder, what's out there?" Then,...

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2006-11-01 03:30:00

Pasadena, CA. "” One day, humans will land on Mars, and when they do, a message will be waiting for them. In 2007, The Planetary Society will send a specialized silica-glass DVD to Mars aboard Phoenix, NASA's newest Scout mission, led by Principal Investigator Peter Smith at the University of Arizona. The disk, which is attached to the deck of the Phoenix lander, will include "Visions of Mars," a collection of 19th and 20th century stories, essays, and art inspired by the Red Planet....

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2005-06-23 21:53:29

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Officials in charge of the Russian rocket that failed during launch of the Cosmos 1 solar sail spacecraft believe that the booster's stages never separated, the project director said in a statement. The officials believe the rocket went down near Novaya Zemlya, an archipelago that separates the Barents Sea from the Kara Sea, Louis D. Friedman said in a statement from Moscow posted on the Web site of The Planetary Society, the Pasadena-based organization behind the $4...

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2005-06-21 15:05:00

LOS ANGELES -- The world's first spacecraft designed to be propelled by the pressure of sunlight was launched toward orbit Tuesday from a Russian submarine under the Barents Sea. Cosmos 1, a $4 million experiment intended to show that a so-called solar sail can make a controlled flight, lifted off at about 12:46 p.m. PDT as project organizers from The Planetary Society and Cosmos Studios monitored the launch from California. Confirmation of a successful launch was likely to take several...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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