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J. Keith Sowell, a Planetary Astronomer and Volunteer

by J. Keith Sowell

July 16, 2016 | 0 comments

I am a Planetary Astronomer and Planetary Society Volunteer and will be the Florida East Coast Outreach Coordinator. I am a NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Ambassador and give astronomy demonstrations and training in Titusville Florida which is next to Kennedy Space Center. The Planetary Society helped me get my position because I signed up for the certificate to get my name sent to the asteroid Bennu. After I signed up, I put in my application to be an Ambassador and a year later I was named one. I also got a VIP pass to the OSIRIS-REx launch on September 8, 2016. ... more »

Korea's First Star Trek Prof and First Foreign Civics Prof

by Roger Thompson MA FRSA

July 11, 2016 | 0 comments

I am Korea's first Star Trek professor, and I am also her first foreign civics professor. In my civics class I teach the philosophy of JFK, who put man on the moon. I joined the Planetary Society because I am an advocate for space travel, obviously, and I am also a pioneer of sorts. Rod Roddenberry, the son of the creator of Star Trek, the late Gene Roddenberry, has given my ethics of Star Trek class, which is the first of its kind in a Korean university, the thumbs up, and JFK's daughter Caroline has done the same for my ... more »

Space is the Place

by Joey Stanford

June 20, 2016 | 0 comments

I've helped out the Mars Society as a mission controller, the Planetary Resources as a Vanguard, and have taught ham radio operators about how to use satellites, the ISS, the moon, and meteors to establish communications. I met Jonathan Rhys Davies face to face and he suggested I join. So I did.

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Giant tsunamis washed over ancient Mars

by Michael Paine

May 24, 2016 | 0 comments

See this article in Scientific Reports: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25106 It pulls together several lines of (amateur) research that I have pursued for 2 decades: Spaceguard Tsunami from asteroid impacts (on Earth!) Transpermia - transfer of microbes between planets Ice fields on Mars. For links see: http://users.tpg.com.au/horsts/index.html#news

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An Unexpected Romance

by Graham O'Shaughnessy

May 2, 2016 | 1 comments

I was born with a disease called Billiary Atresia which caused my liver to fail at just three months old. As a kid, my passion was the natural sciences. In fact, at the age of seven or so I decided to pack up my suit case to go down to Africa and help Dianne Fossey save the gorillas. My love of science was average it was definitely there but it wasn't my focus by any means. Then at the age of fifteen I had my second liver transplant. I spent six months in the hospital and missed copious amounts of ... more »

Curiosity Stories from AGU incites 3D image renderings

by Ronald Kriesel

April 28, 2016 | 0 comments

This is close up image from Sol 1087 (cross eye view). Are there minerals in those rock layers? I have been putting together the Left/Right images from Curiosity Navigation Cameras for several years along with images from Spirit, Opportunity, Pluto, etc. See current post at https://www.facebook.com/ronald.kriesel.3 on April 24, 2016. Also see previous post I made recently in this forum. Thank you and enjoy 3D Space!

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I got interested in space from that moment onwards!

by Roshaan Bukhari

April 25, 2016 | 1 comments

I left my medical studies in 4th year to pursue my lifelong passion for astronomy. I did not know, however, that growing up in a south asian, oriental home would make it so hard for me to realize my true passion. Majority of the young adults in my part of the world (I am from Pakistan by the way!) either consider engineers or doctors as symbols of social and financial success in this society. 25 years later and that 1 image of the alien Martian landscape, and it all changed!

My primary and middle school would have these library classes where ... more »

Fascinating orbits of three bodies

by Peter Musgrave

April 22, 2016 | 0 comments

I have been weirdly obsessed with the problem of three bodies and their mutual gravitational attraction. This is a puzzle that goes all the way back to Newton. Many great mathematicians explored it (Euler, Lagrange, Poincarre to name a few) and it continues to be an area of active research.

In the last several decades a number of new solutions have been found, including a beautiful figure eight solution. As a way of exploring these I have created an app "ThreeBody Lite" to allow an exploration of these solutions and the ability to create new ones. It is available on iOS ... more »

It's never to late to be amazed

by Matthew Mitchell

April 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Most of my life I've prided myself on being open minded, willing to hear both sides of the story and come to my own conclusions. I've loved science and the unexpected results deriving from experiments since I was a kid. The problem was, I never really did anything about it. I walked through school knowing there was a great big universe out there and being content with media fed news explaining to me the scientific breakthroughs the purists dedicated their lives to. I spent 8 years in junior college specializing in nothing before finally becoming a firefighter; even that didn't ... more »

My Fascination!

by Christian York

March 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Hello! My name is Christian, I am 20 years old, and I am currently a frustrated college student trying to find his calling. I grew up in a rural town where me and my mom would look into the night sky and gaze at stars. When she remarried we moved to a city, and I lost my view of the stars.

When I was a kid I was in the DISCOVERIES program at my school throughout elementary and middle school it was the advanced classes for elementary and middle school students. We got to take a lot of field trips mostly ... more »

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