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Planetary Society Event:
Get Ready for a New Moon Landing!

Huygens Arrives at Titan, sponsored by The Planetary Society
Thursday, January 13, 2005, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Pasadena Hilton, 150 S Los Robles, Pasadena, CA

Join The Planetary Society the night before Huygens’ historic plunge into Titan’s atmosphere for a look at that mission as well as a Voyager retrospective, a lively discussion of Saturn’s place in the popular imagination, a Cassini overview and a live update from Huygens mission control in Germany.

  • former JPL Director Ed Stone
  • actor Robert Picardo, Star Trek Voyager
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Huygens engineer Shaun Standley
  • Cassini Deputy Project Scientist Linda Spilker
  • Planetary Society President Wes Huntress
  • and more.

Tickets: $10 for Students, $12 for Planetary Society Members and members of the Skeptics Society, and $15 General Admission. Tickets can be obtained at 626-793-5100,, or at the door.

When ordering on-line, Skeptics Society members should write “skeptics” in the space on the order form that requests a Planetary Society membership number.

For more information, contact: Susan Lendroth, 626-793-5100, [email protected]

Parallel Worlds Book Cover

February lecture at Caltech
Featuring Dr. Michio Kaku

The next Skeptics Society Distinguished Lecture at Caltech will be delivered by Dr. Michio Kaku on Sunday, February 20, at 2 pm. Dr. Kaku will be discussing his new book, Parallel Worlds: The Science of Creation, Black Holes, Superstrings, and Higher Dimensions. A booksigning will follow the lecture and question and answer session. More details will be forthcoming in esceptic and on the website. Those who would like to order the book may do so from

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The Baloney Detection Kit Sandwich (Infographic)

For a class project, a pair of 11th grade physics students created the infographic shown below, inspired by Michael Shermer’s Baloney Detection Kit: a 16-page booklet designed to hone your critical thinking skills.

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If humans came from apes, why aren’t apes evolving into humans? Find out in this pamphlet!

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