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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
In the 60s, one of my earliest memories were of my mom dressing up for a costume party in a Starfleet uniform looking a lot like Yeoman Rand. I was 4 years old when Star Trek first came out. I grew up on Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey and later even reading books from her shelf with Arthur C. Clarke and other greats from the genre. I also remember watching the moon landing and then going outside into the Texas night and looking at the moon and wondering that there were men up there “right now”! So my ... more »
I grew up on a farm in Missouri. Back then, you could still see the beautiful belt of the Milky Way on a clear night. I remember lying in the grass, staring at the sky next to my dad. He would point up to the stars and show me the constellations. I was mesmerized, in awe. Knowing there was an untouched universe out there, so far beyond our atmosphere, always pulled me in its direction. I haven’t, since, stopped looking up.
As I grew older l began to follow NASA’s programs more closely. I dream of being an astronaut, living on ... more »
I grew up in the town of Palmdale, California, home of the U.S. Air Force Plant-42 Flight Test Installation. This was the base where the Space Shuttles were built along with many other experimental aircraft. The hangar in the image is the Space Shuttles' hangar at Plant-42 as seen from the main road. Seeing this hangar everyday along with experimental aircraft and the occasional Space Shuttle re-entry fascinated me as a a child. I would literally jump for joy when an X-Plane would pass overhead. I dreamed of one day becoming a NASA test pilot or engineer at Plant-42. I ... more »
A little bit about myself: I recently received my M.S. in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After completing my studies, I am eager and ready to apply my knowledge and experiences I have gained. I completed an internship at a pharmaceutical company assisting with drug-discovery for various human cancers. I then accepted my current position as a research fellow at UMass Amherst where I am now exploring the field of circadian rhythms.
Space, similar to many others, has had a mystifying effect on me since I was very young. To know there are worlds to be explored, potential ... more »