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Remembering Opportunity – Stereo Views Newsletter March 2019 By Ron Kriesel

by Ronald Kriesel

March 21, 2019

As Opportunity Mission (anticipated as a 90-day mission) has just shut down after 11 years of exploring (2008-2019) and over 26 miles on the surface of Mars, I present several of the interesting Opportunity images. Images courtesy NASA/JPL/Cal Tech/Cornell U and other space agencies. Thousands of images. All camera setups on the Opportunity are stereo pairs so as to capture left/right images. Front Haz Mat Cameras, Rear Haz Mat Cameras, Navigation Cameras, Panoramic Cameras, and the science/micro imaging cameras. Take time to look and have some fun.

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1. Opportunity Rover- Space Agency artist conversion
2. Scenic Color Conversion ... more »

Wake-Up Call

by Aaron Llorens

March 20, 2019

Like so many Americans, I've wandered aimlessly through life until recently (28 years), trying to find a way to be content. After seeing the night sky at one of McDonald Observatory's Star Parties, a passion woke inside me when I saw the night sky with my own eyes for the first time with a mind able to comprehend it. There's no longer a search for how to be happy, but a search for more knowledge, and for my place in this community. I look forward to this adventure and cooperating with you all for a better tomorrow.

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The Great Adventure – The Legacy From Apollo 11

by stefano cavina

March 4, 2019

In 1969, mankind visited another world for the first time. It was an amazing moment for humanity; the millennial dream of reaching the moon had come true. Certainly the impetus behind the Apollo project was not only the conquest of new horizons but also a desire for national prestige. The Moon was the final goal of a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, America won that race, but for the people Apollo 11 became the herald of a new phase of the space age that would have led man to overcome the boundaries of one's planet. ... more »

Men on the Moon - An American History

by Stefano Cavina

January 24, 2019

In 1969, mankind visited another world for the first time. It was an amazing moment for humanity; the millennial dream of reaching the moon had come true. Certainly the impetus behind the Apollo project was not only the conquest of new horizons but also a desire for national prestige. The Moon was the final goal of a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, America won that race, but for the people Apollo 11 became the herald of a new phase of the space age that would have led man to overcome the boundaries of one's planet. ... more »

Boldly Going

by Geoff Richardson

December 27, 2018

How a 7-year old boy fell in love with the cosmos...

Like all good stories, this one starts a long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away... The year was 1997, and it was the year my love for space exploration was born. I can never forget the early morning in mid-October, when my father woke me up at 2am to watch as the Titan IV rocket, carrying the Cassini-Huygens mission, launched from Florida towards its ultimate destination: the sixth planet in our solar system, Saturn. I never took much interest in things related to space prior to this, ... more »

We need the opportunity

by David Sweetman

December 27, 2018

Space settlement is mandatory for human survival.

I remember seeing Spudnik; then on to Verne, Wells, Asimov, Clark, Heinlein, Dickson, van Vogt, etc. SF shows many ways. I watched Armstrong and Aldrin with my great uncle, who was 26 for Kitty Hawk. The last 40 years have been wasted compared to kitty Hawk to Apollo. As the greatest republic in history, the USA must take the leadership in settling the solar system and beyond. I may be disabled physically, but I can still dream and hope!

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One Mans Hope For the Future of Humanity

by Reid Warren

December 27, 2018

I am a simple Social Studies teacher with a passion and optimism for eventual human space exploration and discovery. When I was young, I was interested in science fiction and future of mankind that included the discovery of other worlds and intelligent life beyond our planetary borders. As I have grown, that interest has evolved into a more enlightened appreciation for real science and the promise that it shows for the future. Although my field of study and my career will most likely never result in me being on the frontline of scientific discovery, I do hope that I can ... more »

"The Final Frontier"

by Robert Francis Spurling

December 27, 2018

Hi, I am Robert Francis Spurling and I have been fascinated by space ever since I was a little boy. I emersed myself in as much sci-fi stuff as I could. Spent hours watching STAR TREK and other cool sci-fi/fantasy Shows like Battle Star Galactica and Babylon 5. Wanted to learn to fly so I joined the United States, Air Force, where for the first time, went up in a Cessna Air Craft and almost lost my cookies. So much for Space Flight.

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Space Camp

by Zoe Reinartz

December 27, 2018

Three… Two… One… Liftoff! We have liftoff! We cheered. It was the summer of 2018 and I was at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama for a week of Space Camp. We had spent all morning in a flight simulation and, after a hearty lunch, had traipsed down to the “Launchpad” where we were to launch the model rockets we had constructed. The object was to launch and return the rocket while the egg placed in the nosecone, conveniently standing in for an astronaut, had to remain intact.

The rockets soared through the air the parachutes opening like ... more »

Former JPL Engineer Launches a New Series of Books on the Space Race

by Robert Aster

September 24, 2018

My career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began in 1976, and I enjoyed forty years there as my work evolved from technology development to proposing and then planning new missions at JPL. Once a mission plan was approved, my job was completed and I could move on to another proposal or to another mission. It always thrills me to hear about an accomplishment of some project that I helped to start.

When I looked in libraries for good books that describe JPL, I found that there were just a few offerings in the communities near JPL, and often there was nothing ... more »

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