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A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

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Solar System Survey – Europa and Titan (Part VII)

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This week in 1886, American aviation pioneer Henry ‘”Hap” Arnold was born in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and would go on to serve as both General of the Army and General of the Air Force.

Solar System Survey – Uranus, Neptune and the Kuiper Belt (Part VI)

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Solar System Survey – Saturn (Part V)

Aside from being the second-largest planet after Jupiter, Saturn is also the least dense. In fact, the planet’s density is so low that, if one could find a pool of water large enough, Saturn would actually float in it.

Solar System Survey – Jupiter (Part IV)

Jupiter plays an extremely important role in our solar system. The giant planet is approximately 2.5 times more massive than all of the other planets in the solar system combined.

Solar System Survey – Mars (Part III)

Of all of the planets in our solar system, Mars seems to be the most promising for potential extraterrestrial life and for potential human colonization.

Solar System Survey – Venus (Part II)

Venus is one of the most interesting planets in the solar system. It has been described as Earth’s twin due to their similar size.

Solar System Survey – Mercury (Part I)

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system at about 3,000 miles in diameter; it is also the closest planet to the Sun.