November 29, 2012
Fifty-five years ago, Heinlein made me want to be a Space Cadet. Clarke made me want to visit one of the Islands in the sky. Asimov made me want to explore the worlds of the Foundation. And Andre Norton made me want to be the navigator on the tramp freighter Solar Queen. A few months ago, a freighter docked at the International Space Station. My call sign in the freighter's control center was "NAV2." Sometimes dreams do come true.
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.