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Being saved by the love of the stars.

by David Hendry

November 16, 2017

Hi, my name's David Hendry. I'm 33 years old and live in Ayrshire Scotland. I was taken out of school at the age of 12. I never learned to read or write or even do any kind of math while I was in school. I was always fascinated by space. The thought of all the worlds out there and all the alien life just waiting to be discovered was something that filled me with excitement (I'm a big Star Trek fan). When I was 13, I taught myself to read so I could read learn about space exploration and what ... more »

Per aspera ad astra – Through Hardship to the Stars

by Derek Sellers

November 7, 2017

I once believed in the Lord with all my heart, with all my mind, and all my soul. My entire existence was about living in service to that God, a God who represented goodness and mercy and love. In return for my servitude, I was promised a life that lasted longer than death, a peace that surpassed understanding, a world without end.

Per Aspera

But I learned soon enough that that unending world in fact had walls, and boundaries that ought not be crossed. The same teachers who showed me God’s world without end, stated the world had to work one specific ... more »

Space is our happy place

by John Filson

September 20, 2017

Dear Planetary Society members: It's very nice to meet you! There are three of us in this story: Zack, Giovanna, and John. The universe blows our mind! So does all the ways humans are exploring it. We never want people to lose the spirit of exploration and doing the impossible, like landing a person on the moon, and soon--hopefully--elsewhere. Currently we are trying to capture that spirit in a new documentary feature called WHEN WE WERE APOLLO. It features new stories from a few of Apollo's 400,000-strong workforce that have never been heard before. In the film, the Apollo generation ... more »

Star Explorer

by Norman Ritter

August 25, 2017

My name is Norman Ritter. I am a member of the Archenold observatory in Berlin Germany. Every time I look deep into the night sky with my 2 little sons and my wife, we are able to understand how precious life is on our earth. We are happy to also be members of The Planetary Society. Without Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Josef Martin Graßner, and Bill Nye, our passion wouldn't have found its way up into the sky. With the help of the astronomy, I wish for everyone's daily view to change into the view of a star explorer.

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Bound for Mars

by Mark A. Brown

August 1, 2017

In 1950 or so, an article about the Haydn Planetarium appeared (in the NY Times as best I recall), featuring a presentation currently at the Planetarium about the future of space exploration. As part of its promotion of that event, the article contained a reservation form, to be cut out and returned to the Planetarium. It offered a choice of reserving a place on the first expedition to the moon or on the first expedition to Mars. I signed up for Mars, and mailed my reservation in to the Haydn Planetarium; I’m waiting patiently.

At age 10, as I was then, ... more »

Daddy's Little Space Traveler

by Madhavi Joshi

May 22, 2017

My father loved science and math, and he shared that love with me. He used to lecture for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He lectured about the "new" space shuttle program and the Voyager I and II spacecraft. And I went to almost every lecture with him.

Later, my dad was invited to Pasadena to tour the Jet Propulsion Lab. He brought us with him. We saw live pictures of Saturn coming in from Voyager. It was a highlight in my life. That night we got to hear a lecture from Carl Sagan, who was an idol ... more »

Becoming a scientist

by Nathaniel R Phenes

April 21, 2017

A scientist in the making

In my life, since childhood, I have always been extremely interested in science, especially astronomy. I grew up watching the television shows that include Doctors: Bill Nye, Carl Sagan (of course), and Neil Tyson. These individuals, among many others, set the tone for my excitement of the universe and its various natural sciences.

My early education was very flawed and I never thought I would become anything. Along with many other trials and tribulations thrown at me by life and my military service, it didn't seem like I was ever going to get to be the scientist ... more »

Aspiring Astrophysicist

by Jacqueline Musiov

March 30, 2017

I am a 24 year old student living in Melbourne, Australia. As a child I was always looking up at the night sky wondering what is out there. As a four year old I was asking my parents what other species live in space. I never had the chance for a proper education when I was younger, but after school I went after my dreams and decided to study again to get a proper education. As of this year, I am a first year undergraduate student in Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics. Science Fiction has been a huge influence ... more »

Poem For Galileo

by Roshaan Bukhari

March 28, 2017

Gliding across the sky, a pearly star; Neither a Moon nor a god; The only of its kind, an impish glee; For countless millennia, shrouded in poems; In one instance, I know what I see; As it sets in half-light, sinking in the glow; A world I can see; A world I have yet to know.

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Friday at the Observatory

by Stevie

March 15, 2017

The most exciting part about working at an observatory isn't learning my local sky; it's the reaction the kids have when I show them their favorite planet, a nebula they never thought existed, or a double-star they never realized was there. As I helped a six-year-old boy chart what he was seeing this past Friday, it made me realize how important astronomy is for these kids. Math, physics, geography, history, etc., it opens their minds to the science of astronomy and what its roots are. My favorite part was when, as he was recording what he saw of the moon, ... more »

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