We are dads, moms, grandparents, teachers, kids, scientists, engineers, and space geeks. We are those who reach out into the Universe to seek answers to those deep questions: Where did we come from, and are we alone?
We are wowed and awed by the discovery of new things, the mysteries of science, the innovations of technology, the bravery of astronauts, and by the stunning images sent back to us from other worlds.
We know that space exploration is vital to humankind...and it is just plain fun!
In 1950 or so, an article about the Haydn Planetarium appeared (in the NY Times as best I recall), featuring a presentation currently at the Planetarium about the future of space exploration. As part of its promotion of that event, the article contained a reservation form, to be cut out and returned to the Planetarium. It offered a choice of reserving a place on the first expedition to the moon or on the first expedition to Mars. I signed up for Mars, and mailed my reservation in to the Haydn Planetarium; I’m waiting patiently.
My father loved science and math, and he shared that love with me. He used to lecture for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He lectured about the "new" space shuttle program and the Voyager I and II spacecraft. And I went to almost every lecture with him.
Later, my dad was invited to Pasadena to tour the Jet Propulsion Lab. He brought us with him. We saw live pictures of Saturn coming in from Voyager. It was a highlight in my life. That night we got to hear a lecture from Carl Sagan, who was an idol ... more »
In my life, since childhood, I have always been extremely interested in science, especially astronomy. I grew up watching the television shows that include Doctors: Bill Nye, Carl Sagan (of course), and Neil Tyson. These individuals, among many others, set the tone for my excitement of the universe and its various natural sciences.
My early education was very flawed and I never thought I would become anything. Along with many other trials and tribulations thrown at me by life and my military service, it didn't seem like I was ever going to get to be the scientist ... more »