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 »
I used to grow up by watching Milky Way galaxy from my terrace as a kid without knowing what it was. But when I got to know that it is our home galaxy I got hooked on Astronomy. Ever since, I've been learning and practicing Astronomy by observing celestial objects with my telescopes, and educating people and conducting various stargazing sessions. Photographing the celestial objects has become one of my main interests to express my love towards Astronomy. More than a hobby, Astronomy is my Passion and profession as well.
My name is Michael Taylor and I am 8 years old. I was diagnosed with high functioning Asperger's when I was 3 years old. At 4 years old I became fascinated with outer space. I would study and read about the planets and the universe, I would watch videos and even my favorite Bill Nye the Science Guy episode 15 "The Planets", draw the solar system and make my own models. I even extended my research beyond our own solar system and learned about stars, exoplanets, and black holes. I am fascinated with exoplanet wasp 12 b which is the ... more »
The Earth is a special planet within our solar system and this makes it unique and beautiful. The Earth since her birth she gives life, isn't it fantastic? Since its creation, all human beings are different in their physical and molecular aspects, but we all have one thing in common. Earth and the cosmos gave birth to us. That is why today we should be aware of this and live like brothers and sisters. Our greatest gift is the gift that Earth has given us: life.
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 »