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Landing on a comet: a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience!

by Olivier de Goursac

December 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Just before the ESA-CNES landing session for the Philae spacecraft on comet 67-P started in Paris, Tuesday afternoon November 12, four members of The Planetary Society and its "UMSF forum" were there at our National Science Museum ("Cite des Sciences") gathering as "Ambassadors" for the Planetary Society. From left to right: "Polaris", me, Jacques Blamont (Advisory Council of The Planetary Society) and "Climber".

We were all proud being there, because we had 2 presentations ("The nucleus in 3D" and "the CIVA-P cameras landing site simulations") that were labeled as Planetary Society and were given in front of the President of the ... more »

I want to build things that solve problems

by Caleb

December 19, 2014 | 0 comments

I'm a 23 year old father, and leaving the army. I grew up in the south learning the same things, Adam and Eve, a young earth, and a huge flood, etc. For about 4 years I've been self educating myself. Reading everything I can get my hands on, teaching myself about the universe and everything in it.

Inspired by great men like Carl Sagan and Bill Nye. My dream is to become an electrical engineer and help advance humanity. I want to make things that solve problems. I just don't know how to get to there. Even if I get back ... more »

My Story of Our Planets and Galaxy

by Vi Nguyen

December 19, 2014 | 0 comments

I have passion for exploration and discovering planets and galaxy for years. Moreover, I like to explore planets through the lens of technology, the eyes of science and physics.

When I was young, my family lived in the farm, and so at night time we saw the night sky with many stars. The sunrise in the morning and sunset in the evening. God's creation is the beauty of nature. That was my childhood, that is, observed the beauty of nature through human eyes of nature behavior naturally. Then my family value was driven by desire to pursue higher education on the ... more »

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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