Space is (nearly) All there Is
November 28, 2012
I have always been interested in space since I can remember. I recall a children's book with rocket ships and aliens - I had a strong passion to pioneer the outer limits of human knowledge and experience. But there is one incident that especially stands out in my mind... When I was perhaps 6 years old we made a field trip to the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. I recall looking through a large refracting telescope and saw a star (most likely a planet) in broad daylight! You see, I knew that stars came out at night, but had never considered that stars were in the sky even in the daytime. It was then that I realized that the earth was surrounded by stars constantly - that we are truly immersed by space. This realization dazzled me at the time. Years later I left aerospace engineering to design planetariums around the world. I sometimes wonder to what extent these dome theaters are inspiring other children to pursue a careers in science and engineering, and what wonderful things they will accomplish in the years to come.
They are Watching the Skies for You!
Our researchers, worldwide, do absolutely critical work.
Asteroid 2012DA14 was a close one.
It missed us. But there are more out there.