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Astronomy is fascinating

by Prabhakaran

May 31, 2018

I used to grow up by watching Milky Way galaxy from my terrace as a kid without knowing what it was. But when I got to know that it is our home galaxy I got hooked on Astronomy. Ever since, I've been learning and practicing Astronomy by observing celestial objects with my telescopes, and educating people and conducting various stargazing sessions. Photographing the celestial objects has become one of my main interests to express my love towards Astronomy. More than a hobby, Astronomy is my Passion and profession as well.

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8 year old planetary enthusiast

by Michael Taylor

May 1, 2018

My name is Michael Taylor and I am 8 years old. I was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger's when I was 3 years old. At 4 years old I became fascinated with outer space. I would study and read about the planets and the universe, I would watch videos and even my favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy episode 15 "The Planets", draw the solar system and make my own models. I even extended my research beyond our own solar system and learned about stars, exoplanets, and black holes. I am fascinated with exoplanet wasp 12 b which is the ... more »

My interest in Space exploration

by Alain Alexianos

April 23, 2018

The Earth is a special planet within our solar system and this makes it unique and beautiful. The Earth since her birth she gives life, isn't it fantastic? Since its creation, all human beings are different in their physical and molecular aspects, but we all have one thing in common. Earth and the cosmos gave birth to us. That is why today we should be aware of this and live like brothers and sisters. Our greatest gift is the gift that Earth has given us: life.

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Space, My Final Frontier

by J.R.

March 20, 2018

I was born in November of 1986. 1986 was a very significant year for all astronauts, space enthusiasts and Americans in general.

January 28, 1991, WPLG News Channel 10 in Miami was airing footage of the Challenger disaster to commemorate the fifth anniversary of one of the worst events in American...global space travel. I was four years old. I watched the shuttle launch and, 73 seconds later, it happened. I was fascinated. I immediately turned to my parents and said "I want to be an astronaut when I grow up." That dream has not died. I know that career in NASA ... more »

The Great Unknown

by Joe St. Germain

March 20, 2018

The dream (and tragedy) of local educator Christa McAuliffe was my awaking to the world of real space travel, with all of it's elements. I watched as a young child in school as the Challenger was – and then was no longer. I mourned with my classmates like everyone else, but then realized her dream was still alive! Her desire to educate and inspire STILL exists today, and is ever stronger.

Soon after, I began my quest to understand science, space and human ingenuity. I absorbed what I could find, which as a poor Boston kid in the 80's was limited. ... more »

My Daughter, a Future Scientist

by Curtis Dunlap

December 29, 2017

I was a member of The Planetary Society a number of decades ago when I was in my twenties. I've rejoined, with a family membership, because my daughter, Alana Dunlap, is currently a student at Rockingham Community College. She is a member of the college’s science club and plans to graduate with an Associate of Science Degree. Alana would like to further her education at a four year school. Ultimately, she would like to become an environmental scientist.

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Being saved by the love of the stars.

by David Hendry

November 16, 2017

Hi, my name's David Hendry. I'm 33 years old and live in Ayrshire Scotland. I was taken out of school at the age of 12. I never learned to read or write or even do any kind of math while I was in school. I was always fascinated by space. The thought of all the worlds out there and all the alien life just waiting to be discovered was something that filled me with excitement (I'm a big Star Trek fan). When I was 13, I taught myself to read so I could read learn about space exploration and what ... more »

Per aspera ad astra – Through Hardship to the Stars

by Derek Sellers

November 7, 2017

I once believed in the Lord with all my heart, with all my mind, and all my soul. My entire existence was about living in service to that God, a God who represented goodness and mercy and love. In return for my servitude, I was promised a life that lasted longer than death, a peace that surpassed understanding, a world without end.

Per Aspera

But I learned soon enough that that unending world in fact had walls, and boundaries that ought not be crossed. The same teachers who showed me God’s world without end, stated the world had to work one specific ... more »

Space is our happy place

by John Filson

September 20, 2017

Dear Planetary Society members: It's very nice to meet you! There are three of us in this story: Zack, Giovanna, and John. The universe blows our mind! So does all the ways humans are exploring it. We never want people to lose the spirit of exploration and doing the impossible, like landing a person on the moon, and soon--hopefully--elsewhere. Currently we are trying to capture that spirit in a new documentary feature called WHEN WE WERE APOLLO. It features new stories from a few of Apollo's 400,000-strong workforce that have never been heard before. In the film, the Apollo generation ... more »

Star Explorer

by Norman Ritter

August 25, 2017

My name is Norman Ritter. I am a member of the Archenold observatory in Berlin Germany. Every time I look deep into the night sky with my 2 little sons and my wife, we are able to understand how precious life is on our earth. We are happy to also be members of The Planetary Society. Without Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Josef Martin Graßner, and Bill Nye, our passion wouldn't have found its way up into the sky. With the help of the astronomy, I wish for everyone's daily view to change into the view of a star explorer.

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