I was born in November of 1986. 1986 was a very significant year for all astronauts, space enthusiasts and Americans in general.
January 28, 1991, WPLG News Channel 10 in Miami was airing footage of the Challenger disaster to commemorate the fifth anniversary of one of the worst events in American...global space travel. I was four years old. I watched the shuttle launch and, 73 seconds later, it happened. I was fascinated. I immediately turned to my parents and said "I want to be an astronaut when I grow up." That dream has not died. I know that career in NASA ... more »
The dream (and tragedy) of local educator Christa McAuliffe was my awaking to the world of real space travel, with all of it's elements. I watched as a young child in school as the Challenger was – and then was no longer. I mourned with my classmates like everyone else, but then realized her dream was still alive! Her desire to educate and inspire STILL exists today, and is ever stronger.
Soon after, I began my quest to understand science, space and human ingenuity. I absorbed what I could find, which as a poor Boston kid in the 80's was limited. ... more »
I was a member of The Planetary Society a number of decades ago when I was in my twenties. I've rejoined, with a family membership, because my daughter, Alana Dunlap, is currently a student at Rockingham Community College. She is a member of the college’s science club and plans to graduate with an Associate of Science Degree. Alana would like to further her education at a four year school. Ultimately, she would like to become an environmental scientist.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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 »