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!
How a 7-year old boy fell in love with the cosmos...
Like all good stories, this one starts a long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away... The year was 1997, and it was the year my love for space exploration was born. I can never forget the early morning in mid-October, when my father woke me up at 2am to watch as the Titan IV rocket, carrying the Cassini-Huygens mission, launched from Florida towards its ultimate destination: the sixth planet in our solar system, Saturn. I never took much interest in things related to space prior to this, ... more »
I remember seeing Spudnik; then on to Verne, Wells, Asimov, Clark, Heinlein, Dickson, van Vogt, etc. SF shows many ways. I watched Armstrong and Aldrin with my great uncle, who was 26 for Kitty Hawk. The last 40 years have been wasted compared to kitty Hawk to Apollo. As the greatest republic in history, the USA must take the leadership in settling the solar system and beyond. I may be disabled physically, but I can still dream and hope!
I am a simple Social Studies teacher with a passion and optimism for eventual human space exploration and discovery. When I was young, I was interested in science fiction and future of mankind that included the discovery of other worlds and intelligent life beyond our planetary borders. As I have grown, that interest has evolved into a more enlightened appreciation for real science and the promise that it shows for the future. Although my field of study and my career will most likely never result in me being on the frontline of scientific discovery, I do hope that I can ... more »