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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
When I was in High School in Missoula Montana, I constructed 2 reflecting telescopes. The first was a six-inch then I ground a 10 inch. The larger one was long-focus (9.3) and great on planetary and lunar work. I eventually entered my 10-inch along with studies on Lunar Surfaces (Craters and Mountains) in the Montana Science Fair and won 3rd in Astronomy and Light. After moving to Kansas, I continued to observe and draw planets and lunar features.
It was destiny that I would be born the same year on September 27th, two months later after NASA’s historic Apollo eleven‘s moon landing on July 20th, 1967. My love of science and space would become a part of my life. I wanted to one day reach beyond the safety of our blue world and see with my own eyes the wonders of our local address in the vastness of what we know of our universe. Life changes and as I became older I had to make this passion secondary to the reality of this world were realistically not just ... more »
This picture is a sketch of the Andromeda galaxy that I completed as part of a high school presentation on finding and sketching deep sky objects in a telescope.
I've been an avid amateur astronomer ever since my dad bought me a small telescope when I was young. I remember trying to discern Saturn's rings for the first time and driving to local state parks to escape the city lights. With time we upgraded equipment and became more skilled in the art of observing. We traveled to star parties and spent nights out in sub-zero temperatures just to get that perfect ... more »
I fell in love with space at the age of five when I met the first female astronaut at a place called Moody Gardens in Galveston TX. I remember shaking her hand and thinking she was the most interesting and wonderful person ever and I found inspiration knowing that girls could love space too. Galveston doesn't look the same anymore ever since the hurricane and I havn't been there for years but, in my memories it was a very beautiful place.
After that moment I would also visit my grandfather in central Florida and watch the shuttle launches of Discovery, Endeavor, ... more »
I was born in 1960 in southern Ontario Canada and one of the first things that I read and interested me were children's books about space exploration and astronomy. I was attracted to the vastness, majesty and nobility of the heavens and the many secrets to find out about them. What really solidified my interest in astronomy and space exploration was the lead up and successful accomplishment of the human lunar landings by NASA in July 1969 and then a couple more times until 1972. One thing I particularly liked then and still long for more of now was to ... more »