November 28, 2012
It was August 1956 and my younger brother pointed to the sky and said "That is Mars". After a typical brother banter of "no it isn't", 'yes it is", my wise father said that until I could prove it wasn't Mars, then my brother was right. I had my mother take me to the library where I got "The Golden Book of Astronomy". There I learned enough to show my brother was wrong and prepared me to track Sputnik the following year. I was hooked on space and eventually worked on all the manned lunar landings.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.