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Rejoining after a long lapse

by Vic Plichota

October 7, 2014 | 0 comments

I first saw Carl Sagan in the late 70s at the University of Toronto's Bronowski Lecture, and again later at some seminars after the Viking Mars mission. Then in the 80s "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" inspired me to join TPS. I always looked forward to every issue of The Planetary Report, and (of course) I eventually wound up running SETI@home on my PC... Due to various circumstances my membership lapsed, and somehow renewal slipped my mind. Watching "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" has reminded me to rejoin, at a time when astronomical technology and science is better and more exciting than ... more »

It's time we began our journey to the stars

by Earl Guthridge

September 4, 2014 | 1 comments

I am a 70 year old retired man living in the state of Florida. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I can still remember dreaming about being an astronaut in my teen years in the late 50's and early 60's. About 6 years ago I started to become aware of new and emerging technologies that could make space colonization a real possibility for mankind. 3D printing, advances in nuclear fusion research technology, and building a space elevator with carbon nanotubes are some of the many that caught my attention.

I feel that we must master the power of the Sun (nuclear fusion) if ... more »

From Ignorance to Intelligence

by Jimmy Fritchey

July 12, 2014 | 0 comments

As a kid in the south I grew up as most did. In church every Sunday, was told stories about Adam and Eve and the great flood, and told about a 6,000 year old earth. As a child I struggled in the science class because I was never taught properly and didn't quite understand what everyone was talking about. But then more recently I started to look into everything and doing the research for myself rather than being told what to believe. So as I continued to delve into the wonders of science and coming to the realization that I ... more »

Astrophysics Student

by Tristan Braeley

May 29, 2014 | 0 comments

I'm a new student in Massachusetts studying astrophysics. My love of physics and space come mostly from Neil deGrasse Tyson's Startalk podcast, Sagan's Cosmos and Hawking's Brief History of Time.

I run a science blog at http://antikythera-astronomy.tumblr.com/ where I write short articles on various random space and science topics. This blog is mostly to help myself absorb the information I need to be the best scientist I can be.

I'm both a member of the Planetary Society and am on the New Millennium Committee. My dedication to scientific progress and outreach is priority number one in my life. I hope ... more »

Hi from Adelaide South Australia

by Robert Hart

May 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Hi everyone I'm a new member, from Adelaide South Australia and really appreciate the work of the Planetary Society. My day time job is the CEO of a NGO that provides employment for people with disability. In my spare time I enjoy astronomy, electronics and science. I'm an active member of a number special interest groups and enjoy educating others about electronics and science.

Current projects include Cosmic Ray Detection, X-ray Crystallography and High Voltage. Some of my projects are detailed on my website www.hardhack.org.au

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Transit of Venus, 2012

by Elizabeth Colter

May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

My Father and I wanted to see the transit of Venus when it was happening, and our sun filter for our telescope was broken. He taught me how to use the projection method to see the transit and it was amazing! I will upload the second picture as another story, to show what the projection method shows!

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Transit of Venus, 2012 Projection Method 2

by Elizabeth Colter

May 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Our sun filter broke, so my Father showed me how to use the projection method to see the transit. The giant lit circle is the SUN! The smaller dark spot near the edge is Venus, making its transit across the sun. If you look closely, you can see sunspots in the middle!

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A biochemist's place in space

by Amber Lucas

May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

I've always been a person who was very involved in science, specifically chemistry and biochemistry. These sciences differ from astronomy in a great deal. In biochemistry, we are looking at extremely small details. The bonds between proteins in the body, the mechanism of catalysis in different chemical reactions, the regulation of different genes in the body, etc. I was spending the majority of my time thinking on a scale that was much smaller than I was, thinking about all these processes that were occuring in my body all the time. All these processes that were so close to me, and ... more »

My Toys are Clothespins

by Brent Horner

April 25, 2014 | 0 comments

As a young boy I remember helping my father work on the car while listening to the radio. We were listening to the radio when we heard that the first man had set foot on the moon. Pride as an American is hard to describe at that point in a young boys life. My father stood up taller, smiled more, and decided to take the family to Florida to see "space" up close. Two weeks later we were at Kennedy's space center. Seeing the rockets up close brought home to me the romance of outer space. My father allowed me ... more »

The Vehicle Assembly Building

by Tom Bruno

March 28, 2014 | 0 comments

There are places on this planet that almost sound fictional. I visited the Kennedy Space Center this weekend and took a bus tour to some of the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building (or the V.A.B). The building is enormous. Saying that it once held the most interior volume of any man made building and that it housed rockets used to put men on the moon and into outer space makes it sound like something in a science fiction novel. Yet, there it is, in Florida, and there it lives up to it's epic status. The tour guide explained ... more »

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