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Our resident planetary scientist and Director of Projects will keep you up to date on all the exciting projects we are working on. From searching for dangerous asteroids to flying our very own solar sail spacecraft, Bruce will make sure you know what's going on plus enlighten you with his unique bits of space trivia with Random Space Facts, too!

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Shuttle LIFE is go for launch with Endeavour!

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2011/04/29 04:02 CDT

The Planetary Society's Shuttle LIFE experiment is now go for launch on Endeavour's STS-134 mission. I came down to Florida for the loading of our tiny sample tubes into the CREST-1 (Commercial Reusable Experiments for Science & Technology) payload block.

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LightSail-1 on NASA Short List for Upcoming Launch

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2011/02/09 11:00 CST

NASA announced that the Planetary Society’s LightSail-1 solar sail mission is on their short list for upcoming launch opportunities. The missions selected are Cubesats destined for piggyback launches as part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

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Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/26 12:00 CDT

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere.

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Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop - Day 2

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/11 04:45 CDT

Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop - Day 2

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Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/08/10 03:14 CDT

Report from the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects Objectives Workshop

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Inside the U.N.'s Near Earth Object Working Group

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/02/15 06:10 CST

Inside the U.N.'s Near Earth Object Working Group

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Bruce Betts: Kepler discovers its first five exoplanets

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2010/01/04 12:06 CST

Congratulations to NASA's Kepler mission team on their announcement of the discovery of its first five exoplanets (planets around other stars). All five are "hot Jupiters," meaning that they are the sizes of the gas giants in our solar system, but are extremely close to their parent stars.

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NASA selects three new missions for New Frontiers studies

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/12/30 08:11 CST

NASA selects three new missions for New Frontiers studies

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Bruce Betts: Apophis is less scary than it used to be

Posted by Bruce Betts on 2009/10/07 04:15 CDT

Bruce Betts: Apophis is less scary than it used to be

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