Join Donate

Share Your Story • Neil Haggath B.Sc. FRAS • December 10, 2012

I grew up with the Space Age!

What sparked my passion for space? That's a no-brainer; I grew up with the Space Age, and especially Apollo! I was born a few months after Gagarin's flight; I was just short of 8 years old at the time of Apollo 11, and already hooked on the space programme. The earliest mission which I remember knowing about as it happened was Apollo 8, when I was 7 - but before Apollo ended, I was reading books about the history of spaceflight, from Sputnik 1 onwards, and could name the crew of every manned mission, both American and Russian. The time in which I grew up sparked a lifelong passion for spaceflight, and astronomy together with it. In my country, any gathering of astronomers is likely to contain a disproportionate number of people of around my age. In recent years, I've had the great honour and privilege of meeting four of the Apollo astronauts - Charlie Duke, Alan Bean, Fred Haise and Dick Gordon; I've also visited the museum of the Energia Corporation near Moscow, and seen the actual capsule in which Gagarin flew! Neil Haggath B.Sc. FRAS www.spaceandsanity.com

Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Europa
The Planetary Fund

Help advance robotic and human space exploration, defend our planet, and search for life.

Donate

You are here: