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 »
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!
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
I did something very exciting recently. I arranged to launch the original manuscript of my new young adult science fiction space novel, The Orb, the Link & the Library, into outer space. I did this with the help of one of our extraordinary commercial spaceflight service companies and then had it returned to Earth for publication (publishing on August 8, 2018). The thrill in doing this was so my young adult readers, as they hold a book whose original manuscript actually flew into space, might better experience the excitement of going there when they become absorbed by the story that ... more »
I am Lieutenant Kayla Kay, Commanding Officer of Canada Station, an official chapter of Starfleet Command Quadrant One. I am 29 years old and since I was a small child I've been watching Star Trek, Stargate, Star Wars, etc. Of course the always beloved Bill Nye The Science Guy. I always watched him on TV and loved it when at school the teacher would put on a surprise Bill Nye VHS. Anywho, exploring the cosmos is what I love. I believe there's way too much out there to simply be ignorant of it. The answer to ourselves may even be ... more »
I am 18 years old. I watched Bill through out my middle school years. I was fascinated when I started learning about the sky and minerals in the ground.. And who could forget, the mitochondria in plants. I used to look up at the sky and wondered if I was the only one who saw the stars twinkle, I started getting more involved when I traveled to high mountain and saw the disgusting pollution above my city, when I wanted to know why some people got sick from an infection, why my ocean was growing sick from littering. When I ... more »