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MY SKY Images from Our Members

Great American Eclipse

Composite of a couple images I took during the Great American Eclipse.

My moon

My first astronomy picture ever.

Joy in a Moment

The Milky Way above Monument Valley

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

Living Among History

by Brian C. Donnelly

February 7, 2017

I grew up in the town of Palmdale, California, home of the U.S. Air Force Plant-42 Flight Test Installation. This was the base where the Space Shuttles were built along with many other experimental aircraft. The hangar in the image is the Space Shuttles' hangar at Plant-42 as seen from the main road. Seeing this hangar everyday along with experimental aircraft and the occasional Space Shuttle re-entry fascinated me as a a child. I would literally jump for joy when an X-Plane would pass overhead. I dreamed of one day becoming a NASA test pilot or engineer at Plant-42. I ... more »

My Story and Mission

by Vishal Nair

January 31, 2017

A little bit about myself: I recently received my M.S. in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing my studies, I am eager and ready to apply my knowledge and experiences I have gained. I completed an internship at a pharmaceutical company assisting with drug-discovery for various human cancers. I then accepted my current position as a research fellow at UMass Amherst where I am now exploring the field of circadian rhythms.

Space, similar to many others, has had a mystifying effect on me since I was very young. To know there are worlds to be explored, potential ... more »

Becoming a Rocket Scientist

by Kevin J DeBruin

January 17, 2017

Kevin J. DeBruin saw the movie October Sky as a 10 year-old boy and knew he wanted to design spaceships when he grew up. He faced rejection all along the way, but he never gave up.

Kevin grew up in Kaukauna, WI, a small town of just south of Green Bay. Kevin struggled with math in middle school, but he dedicated extra time outside of class to ensure he learned the material. Kevin played multiple sports ever since he was a child, but in high school he focused solely on soccer where he was the team captain and goalkeeper for Kaukauna ... more »

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