While I normally make the videos for The Planetary Society, I also jump at any chance I can to share space with people in any way I can! Recently we’ve been in communication with the good people over at the website Imgur. They have a cool community that is often searching for inspiration from space.
Last weekend they were hosting a weekend camp for their members and invited me to come out and talk about space and The Society! I headed up to Camp Navarro and enjoyed some archery and classic dunk booth fun in the Redwood camp before giving my talk. Of course, I brought them this special message from our CEO, Bill Nye.
About 250 people were watching and listening as I rambled on about LightSail and our cosmic duty to share the majesty of the universe. We laughed, we were inspired, we all became friends! It was really a blast.
Merc Boyan at Camp Imgur
Planetary Society Video Creator Merc Boyan speaks to a crowd of 250 at Camp Imgur in Mendocino, CA, on August 9th, 2015.
But the best part was later that night, when about 50 people went on a star gazing hike with me. We trekked up a dark hill and onto a raised opening in the forest where we could clearly see the arm of the Milky Way pouring across the sky. I pointed out constellations with my laser and answered a barrage of awesome space questions the best I could. I was proud of the young group’s desire to learn more about our cosmos and thrilled to see the stars inspiring them. Here is a long exposure photograph that Joseph Engo (@Joped) took that night.
The Milky Way from Camp Imgur’s Camp Navarro in Mendocino, CA
We are looking forward to expanding The Planetary Society’s social networking range to reach more audiences. Imgur is a sanctuary for nerds, geeks, indoor-kids, and all the other labels that have been taken back and given a positive spin. I can’t wait to interact more with them and share the joy of space exploration on their site!
(Keep an eye out next week for a special post on Imgur about our petition to keep the Europa mission funded).