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Enigmatic Carolina Bays

by Michael Davias

July 27, 2015 | 0 comments

My two daughters, my sister and I visited the North Carolina Science Museum on Thanksgiving weekend in 2005. On display were floor-to-ceiling color images of the enigmatic landforms called "Carolina bays". My daughter Lori was actively doing research on stripped bass on several of the lakes that have formed in these gentle depressions, but she had not even heard of the term!

Since that time I have been exploring the possibility that there was some sort of cosmic catastrophic event involved in the bay creation.

One work product has been the creation of a geospatial catalogue of 45,000 Carolina bays using the ... more »

NH Pluto fly-By ...and a tribute to TPS from Paris!

by Olivier de Goursac

July 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Thanks to the NH Team and the great help from Alan Stern, we had great moments in Paris on the evening of the 15th of July 2015 at our National Science Museum where the Pluto encounter was on live show. I had the great honor to make the full NH mission presentation and I took this opportunity to highlight the important role the Planetary Society had in 2001 for its efficient lobbying at Washington D.C. that led to the re-start of the Pluto mission tender that was cancelled in 2000. I told the audience (this picture) that, without the strong ... more »

Channelling my inner-stardust

by Ward Greenhalgh

July 10, 2015 | 0 comments

When I was a child, attending Valley View Elementary School, in Wadsworth, OH, we were given one of the greatest gifts imaginable. It was the early 90's, and we were energetic little twerps - who grew up into energetic big twerps - but we were visited by a super star. Bill Nye came to our school and wowed us. Not only was he the most famous person in the ENTIRE world to us at the time - the thought of meeting him was overwhelming and exciting - but more than the fame, his influence on us just as great. He ... more »

Amateur Astronomer for 50 years

by Douglas Bock

July 3, 2015 | 0 comments

50 years ago, I had my first opportunity to view our universe through a telescope. I was 9. Since then I've lived an astronomer's life by night, while a systems analyst by day. I've built 2 observatories at 2 locations, to give me the opportunity to image and view our universe from our planet.

I've enjoyed the many years of working within the community, astronomy clubs, and with some professionals on public outreach, data collection and analysis. But most of all, I really enjoy getting out under the sky, checking out newly discovered comets, hunting down Deep Sky Objects (DSO's), especially ... more »

Space is life

by Sima V.

May 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Whenever the sky is clear, I always take out my telescope and look closely at the moon. I observe how it looks and the craters on the moon. Sometimes, I go outside when the sky is clear and stare at the millions of stars in the sky, trying to recognize some constellations and naming them. I do these things because I am in love with space. I enjoy learning about the universe us humans live in.

Here is a life lesson: a person should do things in life that make them happy and that they enjoy doing those things. Like me. ... more »

How to change the approach to space exploration - Part 2

by Richard Sample

May 4, 2015 | 0 comments

I just spent the better part of the day reading almost everyone’s entries on "My Story". Some I read the whole article, others, just the bylines, but I got to see who’s out there all across the planet. Young and Old, Novice and Professional, Dreamers and Believers, Pioneers and Adventurers. When I did my first entry, I kinda did more like a resume’ and a recruiting tool rather than a “This is who I Am”. I realized this after reading everyone’s articles. So who am I? Well… I am the luckiest guy in the world. My career has allowed me ... more »

How do you change the approach to space exploration?

by Richard Sample

May 1, 2015 | 0 comments

My name is Richard Sample. I am a Quality Control inspector with over 30 years in the testing and inspection industries. I am a degreed Nuclear/Metallurgist, an ASNT nationally certified Level III in Ultrasonic’s, Magnetic Particle, and Liquid Penetrant and an API certified Pressure Vessel (510), Process Piping (570), and Storage Tank (653) Inspector. I have worked in Nuclear power plants, Aerospace, Aircraft, Petrochemical, and Polymer industries, with experience in metal / welding fatigue and failure analysis. I have witnessed a much diversified range of fabrication and processing methods over the decades.

My unique work experience has shown me many approaches ... more »

A Far Away World

by Rudy Alleyne

April 23, 2015 | 2 comments

What about me? I'm the guy that cried at the end of episode 11 of Cosmos. Born in the Bahamas I was always curious about how the world worked around me: why the way things were and how we could possibly improve our standard of living. I was the one always asking questions, trying to come to a clear understanding of the life we lived, even when it began to annoy those who found such questions insignificant or intimidating. When a problem arises I have to first figure out why it's a problem in the first place and then find ... more »

Dragon Supply ship

by Yvonne Christenson

April 17, 2015 | 0 comments

Tonight, on April 16, 2015, my husband and I were out watching the ISS fly overhead - it is unusually clear tonight so the Space Station was very prominent. We noticed another bright light following the ISS path exactly and after a moment I realized it was the Dragon Supply ship as it was moving to catch up to the ISS for Friday morning's delivery. Pretty cool!

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My Curiosity

by Cristian Gonzalez

April 8, 2015 | 0 comments

When I was a child, I would stay outside at night and look up at the stars, especially the bright ones. My fascination grew once I was introduced to science fiction movies. I especially got interested in UFOs and the possibility of life on other planets. I would find out later that many of the things in these films were impossible or not likely to occur, but my interest in space stayed with me.

As I grew up, I started getting more into science and what space travel might look like. I loved how I learned that future space ships might ... more »

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