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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 »

Texas Trekkie

by Allen Harris

March 6, 2017

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 »

My #SpaceLoveStory

by MaryLiz Bender

February 17, 2017

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 »

Living Among History

by Brian C. Donnelly

February 7, 2017

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 »

My Story and Mission

by Vishal Nair

January 31, 2017

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 »

Becoming a Rocket Scientist

by Kevin J DeBruin

January 17, 2017

Kevin J. DeBruin saw the movie October Sky as a 10 year-old boy and knew he wanted to design spaceships when he grew up. He faced rejection all along the way, but he never gave up.

Kevin grew up in Kaukauna, WI, a small town of just south of Green Bay. Kevin struggled with math in middle school, but he dedicated extra time outside of class to ensure he learned the material. Kevin played multiple sports ever since he was a child, but in high school he focused solely on soccer where he was the team captain and goalkeeper for Kaukauna ... more »

To boldly go

by Jose Antonio Escobedo

January 12, 2017

Since the dawn of man, we have asked questions; recently we have started answering them. In the words of John F. Kennedy, "No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come." I am in a perpetual state of awe at how our insignificant species went from figuring out how apples fall down to landing on our nearest satellite with a computer as powerful as my TI-84, all a few milliseconds "before midnight." Currently, I am pursuing studies in astrophysics but a career in politics. I would like to further human knowledge and keep our place in ... more »

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