December 11, 2013
Ever since I was a child, astronomy has always fascinated me. I guess it's just an extension, since geography was one of my favorite school subjects. I loved reading about other planets and galaxies, black holes etc. Our knowledge today is much wider than when I was young (I was born in 1950).The space program was much more popular since we were trying to beat the Russians to the moon. Sadly many people say we should concentrate on problems here on Earth and not bother with what's beyond our atmosphere. I agree there are many problems here that need fixing, but it doesn't mean we should ignore our universe. There are many resources such as fiber optics that wouldn't have been possible if not for our interest in space. I joined the Planetary Society because it's on the cutting edge of exploration. That's very much needed due to cuts in NASA. It's shameful that space research is such a political football and President Obama doesn't seem to appreciate the value of such research. It's good to know there are people keeping space knowledge alive and some day we may visit other planets, hopefully with no pollution.
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.