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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
by Mike Doyle
January 6, 2017
I have been interested in various aspects of the universe and space exploration since a very young age with Sci-Fi movies, Horizon and Cosmos and Sky at Night documentaries. Then about 3 years ago I purchased a small 50mm dia Celestron refractor and observed the moon with such clarity and some stars. Then I later got a 70mm dia refractor with longer focal length about 2.5 years ago and started taking pics using iPhone. Love that scope, cheapish but optics are quite good. Still have it now but it's only real failing is its relatively poor azimuth mount. I got ... more »
by Suford Lewis
December 23, 2016
When I was in the first grade, my godfather sent me a copy of Nature's Little Golden Book of Stars for my birthday. It was above my grade level, but I was fascinated by it. I looked up all the hard words in either the dictionary or the Encyclopedia Britannica (or both, several times) until I understood them all and I read it over and over and over! It changed my life. I fell in love with the universe; with space!
It expanded my world literally billions of times both in space and time. I immediately wanted to become an astronomer ... more »
by Michella Warren
December 20, 2016
I am half native American Indian from the Navajo tribe (Apache de Navajo), and half Bahraini Arabic. I would say that if this has taught me anything, it’s that you should never judge a book by its cover, and by that I mean people. I have learned different ways of viewing life and the way people see the world as a whole because of my parents’ backgrounds.
One thing I have always loved about space is that by looking up, I was never judged. I was always a fan of science, as in my culture we view the Earth and the ... more »
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