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A biochemist's place in space

by Amber Lucas

May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

I've always been a person who was very involved in science, specifically chemistry and biochemistry. These sciences differ from astronomy in a great deal. In biochemistry, we are looking at extremely small details. The bonds between proteins in the body, the mechanism of catalysis in different chemical reactions, the regulation of different genes in the body, etc. I was spending the majority of my time thinking on a scale that was much smaller than I was, thinking about all these processes that were occuring in my body all the time. All these processes that were so close to me, and ... more »

My Toys are Clothespins

by Brent Horner

April 25, 2014 | 0 comments

As a young boy I remember helping my father work on the car while listening to the radio. We were listening to the radio when we heard that the first man had set foot on the moon. Pride as an American is hard to describe at that point in a young boys life. My father stood up taller, smiled more, and decided to take the family to Florida to see "space" up close. Two weeks later we were at Kennedy's space center. Seeing the rockets up close brought home to me the romance of outer space. My father allowed me ... more »

The Vehicle Assembly Building

by Tom Bruno

March 28, 2014 | 0 comments

There are places on this planet that almost sound fictional. I visited the Kennedy Space Center this weekend and took a bus tour to some of the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building (or the V.A.B). The building is enormous. Saying that it once held the most interior volume of any man made building and that it housed rockets used to put men on the moon and into outer space makes it sound like something in a science fiction novel. Yet, there it is, in Florida, and there it lives up to it's epic status. The tour guide explained ... more »

US Astronaut Hall of Fame

by Tom Bruno

March 25, 2014 | 1 comments

I am with a team of animators working in Atlanta for a few weeks, my usual home is in Los Angeles. I realized this location offered me an opportunity to travel to the Kennedy Space Center, provided I either booked a flight or rented a car to drive 7 hours. One of my co-workers agreed a road trip sounded fun and tagged along, so we decided to spend a little extra and rent a Camaro for the trip. I had never been to KSC or the Astronaut Hall of Fame, so this trip was extra special for me. My dad ... more »

We are all astronomers

by Henry Towers

March 22, 2014 | 1 comments

The night sky lures us, as it always has. Some of us answer its call more vigorously than others, but we all hear it.

On a few occasions, I accompanied a friend of mine to a desolate spot off Southern California’s Ortega Highway, where we set up his small telescope.

I would assist him as he would make meticulous adjustments, and then point his instrument to several interesting targets.

We would then spend several hours peacefully contemplating the universe, much as our ancestors have done for as long as we have been human.

Unlike them, though, we did not have to resort to inventing ... more »

Gamma Ray Pulsar Discovery and The Planetary Society

by Hans Peter Tobler

February 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Dear fellow members: As a member of the Planetary Society team number crunching for Einstein@home I can proudly announce that my computer helped to discover the previously unknown 4.80 Hz Gamma Ray Pulsar J1932+1916 in data collected by the Fermi Gamma-Ray space telescope. The data were collected on 19 September 2011.

Given this example I would like to urge other Planetary Society members to join in the efforts of Einstein@home and SETI@home. There is significant chance that your efforts may lead to real scientific discovery!

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It started with a Moon

by Ben Haller

February 18, 2014 | 0 comments

As a child I always loved science fiction and my toys, as well as my favorite movies, reflected that intensely. Despite my love for space it wasn't until I was maybe 10 years old that I actually looked towards the sky.

Sure I'd seen the Moon and stars before but one night in particular I had borrowed my father's binoculars which were fairly nice since he was and still is an avid bird watcher. I decided to go outside and noticed a nearly full Moon was up in the high eastern sky. I went over to the hood of the car ... more »

Mt Palomar Road Trip

by Larry Russo

January 30, 2014 | 0 comments

In the summer of 2002 I was invited to visit friends in SOCAL, San Diego and stay a week. I had access to a car and could wander as much as I desired. One of the many highlights of my week was driving up Mt Palomar Mountain to the Hale Telescope. I had no idea the dome was so huge. Once I parked the car I wished I could have stayed until nightfall, but I had to return by evening. I took many photos and got to go inside the dome.

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Galileoscope Sparks Interest in Science

by Tyler Wooldridge

January 4, 2014 | 0 comments

In high school, I took an astronomy course in my sophomore year. Our class received a donation of galileoscopes from Dr. Heidi Hemmel who was in town. We put them together as a class and I found the experience very interesting. Later that night, I took home my telescope and pointed it towards the moon. As I looked at the craters and the highlands, I realized that I wanted to know more. Ever since, I've always had a profound interest in physics, astronomy, cosmology, and technology.

I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in earth and planetary sciences concentrating on physics ... more »

My first brush with Space Exploration

by Pablo Cafiso

December 17, 2013 | 0 comments

For me it was the man landing on the moon, on 1969... I have a memory- and very unusual at that, as I was only 1 year old- of my Dad with his camera on a tripod in front of our black and white TV set. And on the TV screen, the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. So, you could say I was almost born loving space hahahaha. Let's boldly go where no man has gone before! Cheers, Pablo.

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