Born in 1955, I remember hearing about Sputnik on TV. I remember watching President John F. Kennedy's speech on sending a man to the moon and returning him safely to Earth before that decade had ended. During this endeavor I became a fan of the "Star Trek" TV series - weekly adventures into space in a possible future. After graduating high school I spent seven years as an electronics technician in the U.S. Air Force. After separating from the military, while working at a full time job on industrial controls and robotics, I earned two engineering degrees. I am now retired, have my own hobby electronics, computer, and robotics lab (in the basement, of course) and an observatory with a 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. I see new technologies taking us into deep space as we continue to explore our own planetary neighborhood. I believe robotics with machine intelligence should be developed to take us on this journey until we have much safer ways for us to have first hand encounters with the unknown. The Planetary Society seems like a natural group for me to be part of.
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