Podcaster:  Host : Fraser Cain; Guest : Dr. Bruce Betts, Dr. Kimberly Cartier, Dr. Morgan Rehnberg, Dr. Paul M. Sutter

Title: Weekly Space Hangout – Guest: Bruce Betts’ “Astronomy for Kids”

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Description: This week topics:

  • Mars Insight is landing soon!
  • Type 1C supernova, what came before?
  • The Mars 2020 landing site has been chosen.
  • The Sun-sibling star: HD 186302
  • The exocup competition.
  • The Musk “Starship”…

Host: Fraser Cain ( @fcain )

Special Guest: Dr. Bruce Betts, ( / @RandomSpaceFact ) Chief Scientist and LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society. Prior to working on the LightSail program, Dr. Betts managed a number of flight instrument projects at the Planetary Society, including silica glass DVDs on the Mars Exploration Rovers and Phoenix lander, the LIFE biology experiment that flew on the Russian Phobos sample return mission, and he led a NASA grant studying microrovers assisting human exploration. Dr. Betts new children’s book, “”Astronomy for Kids: How to Observe Outer Space with a Telescope, Binoculars, or Just Your Eyes!”” is now available in time for holiday gift giving.

Prior to joining the Planetary Society, Dr. Betts, a planetary scientist, studied planetary surfaces, including Mars, the Moon, and Jupiter’s moons, using infrared and other data, during his time at San Juan Institute/Planetary Science Institute. Additionally, Dr. Betts spent three years at NASA headquarters managing planetary instrument development programs to design spacecraft science instruments.


Dr. Kimberly Cartier ( & @AstroKimCartier )
Dr. Morgan Rehnberg ( & @MorganRehnberg )
Dr. Paul Matt Sutter ( & @PaulMattSutter )


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