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Bruce Betts
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Attended Stanford University
Lives in Altadena, CA 91001
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The last splashdown with humans on board, and why I shouldn't say splashdown: new Random Space Fact video shot at the California Science Center.
https://youtu.be/yi-J1pLWXfg
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My free online Intro to Planetary Science and Astronomy class starts today! Watch live (Tues 1500-1630 PST) or watch the archive. Lots of pretty pictures, fun info, and serious content. All free, all online. Info about the class and how to watch:
http://planetary.org/bettsclass
Taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills in partnership with The Planetary Society
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RSF video: Space_Station size analogy, and twins including Scott and Mark Kelly...and my evil twin.
 https://youtu.be/epMwl8kIBhk
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Launch anniversary: congratulations to New Horizons on 10 years in space, including our first close up views of the Pluto system! Here is a Random Space Fact video about its impressive speed when it left Earth:
https://youtu.be/JF0FEGq-aSc
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Some deep thoughts about drilling on other worlds in our latest Random Space Fact video...
https://youtu.be/daNLFdiCcts
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My picture of the Moon and Venus (bright dot on right) this morning in the pre-dawn East. Tomorrow morning the Moon will be much to the lower left, but if it is dark enough, check out Saturn close to the much brighter Venus (as shown in a Stellarium simulation). They will be even closer on Saturday morning, then switch positions and separate over the coming days.
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An annual year end tradition: the posting of the most popular Random Space Fact I have ever derived. Happy end of 2015!
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My free Intro Astronomy first class: a Tour of the Solar System, is posted. General class info: http://planetary.org/bettsclass
https://youtu.be/zLl-bpzQxlI
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New Random Space Fact video: shuttle Endeavour facts, spelling lessons, and sailing ships in space:
https://youtu.be/FVXFQ0NzebY?list=PL_qffRVV3oS2KM9teLoJ8K5woiFdcaudD
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Caltech planetary scientists today released a paper on evidence of a possible new solar system planet!  But, before you get too excited, this is not observations of a planet, but rather inferring the possible presence of a planet.  The evidence is based on observing orbits of distant small objects (Kuiper Belt/Scattered Disk) and trying to explain some of their behavior.  Turns out you can do so with a half Neptune'ish sized object that orbits on average 600 times farther from the Sun than Earth. I'll be in a Fox TV LA (ch 11) story at 5 p.m. news and 10 p.m. news today discussing.  For more info, see:
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2016/01200955-theoretical-evidence-for-planet-9.html
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New enhanced color, highest resolution yet, New Horizons picture of possible Pluto ice volcano (cryovolcano) Wright Mons. More info:
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/possible-ice-volcano-on-pluto-has-the-wright-stuff
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A brief reflection on New Horizons and Dawn missions' exploration in 2015, and my wishes to you for 2016. Happy New Year!
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  • The Planetary Society
    Director of Projects, 2001 - present
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Not Just Another Pretty Space: Random Space Facts and Easy Night Sky Info
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A Planetary Scientist and Director of Projects for the Planetary Society giving you fun space info in a short attention span format.
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  • Stanford University
    physics and mathematics, 1983 - 1987
  • California Institute of Technology
    Planetary Science, 1987 - 1993
  • Jesuit High School
    1979 - 1983
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