It was in January 2005, when I—a planetary geologist only recently turned to writing about space for a living—was crammed along with two dozen other reporters into a room at the European Space Agency operations center in Germany.
Europe's Huygens probe had just completed its descent through Titan's atmosphere, and we knew the spacecraft had been working ESA had received its radio transmissions. But there was a delay and the pictures ...more »
Here's how Planetary Society Members answered...
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What do you want to see next in space exploration?
THE CYDONIAN AREA OF MARS, PLUS THE FACE ON MARS, WHICH EVERYBODY TRIED TO DISCOURAGE. IT WAS TAKEN IN 1958 I BELIEVE, FROM A UNMANNED SATELLITE. WHY DOESNT NASA OR ESA LAND A CRAFT THERE TO CHECK THE AREA OUT. THIS COULD END UP BEING MANKIND'S GREATEST DISCOVERIES. PROVE OR DISPROVE THE THEORIES BY GOING THERE.
The art of Chesley Bonestell was one of the few sources for accurate and detailed glimpses into the future of space travel, and they mesmerized me at 8 years old. I went on to spend my career as an Aerospace Engineer, meeting and sometimes working with von Braun, Stuhlinger, Ehricke, Clarke, Heinlein, O'Neill and other great and inspiring people. Now I write about settling Mars in The Earth-Mars Chronicles. I ... more »
IN elementary school, we were herded into the gym to watch all the manned missions on one television located on the stage. We were also lucky enough to have our school bring in the roving NASA programs. Getting to hold a copy of the last Ranger 7 photo made before impact made me want to be a science teacher. It made me seek out the same types of programs which ... more »
I'm old enough to remember the Apollo missions. The picture of earth taken from Apollo 8 when I was 13 years old, put a lot things in perspective. I realized that we live on one planet, and there is no borders to be seen from space. The Apollo program, and especially this picture, aroused my interest for space and space exploration.
My story does not have a specific, famous image ... more an image in my head that is as vivid now as it was 30 years ago. When I was about ten years old I was already a huge fan of science fiction thanks in large part to Star Wars, Star Trek and the influence of my mother as an amateur astronomer. One night mom took me out to our ... more »
So often like many other people, I can sometimes be consumed by "the little things" in my life. They include appointments, schedules, work, chores, errands and more. I'm also bombarded as well with all of the daily news of what's going on here in North Carolina, the U.S. and even the world itself. It often seems so very routine. However, from time to time, I come across science related articles ... more »
I was born about 2 months after Russia launched the first man made object into space, and have been amazed at everything since then. But the one thing that has stuck in my mind, isn't a photo, but an accomplishment, or an event if you will.when NASA announced that the Voyager spacecraft has left the solar system. So no matter what we as a race do to ourselves, or our ... more »
When I was a teenager we had this early Cable TV in Monterey with San Francisco channels and HBO. I remember the cable company putting up a channel at one point with images of Jupiter scanning out from the Pioneer spacecraft. I was completely in awe. I remember being obsessed with the Pioneer plaque, making drawings of it and the spacecraft.
The first men on the moon represent one of my first memories. I was almost 4 years old and I was playing with my castle and knights when my parents called me to watch TV. It was the day after Armstrong set foot on the moon. I remember seeing the fuzzy black and white pictures and wondered why my parents were so excited about it. The next topic on the ... more »
Seeing the image of Opportunity at a Planetary Society gathering inspired me to write this and other space related poetry. I am sure it is only coincidence that I am now married to a lady named Victoria. Roving on Mars There on the rim of Victoria Crater A place we may visit more sooner than later A tiny blue glint on the edge of Verde Cape Sits Mars rover Opportunity; ... more »
I took an intro to astronomy class as a college freshman. One evening the professor surprised us by announcing an impromptu field trip. An hour later I was in a field looking through a telescope and seeing Saturn for the first time. I don't know exactly why...maybe it was just the spectacular rings...but I was stunned and awed. I still find it difficult to explain the wonder and amazement that ... more »