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The Whole Shebang

by D. Wayne Dworsky

August 16, 2013 | 0 comments

The greatest joy of my life occurred July 20, 1969 when I watched Neil Armstrong exit the lunar lander on TV, uttering, "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." At the time I thought the expression was very contrived. Over the years, however, I learned to appreciate the painstaking work necessary for such an achievement. I look back on the whole 55 years of NASA and wonder what great pursuits await mankind in the next 55 years. Too bad I won't be around for that. But I am grateful for having seen the space program blossom. We ... more »

Contact

by Noriko Otsuki

August 14, 2013 | 0 comments

---Congratulations Curiosity !!! It is amazing, like a miracle what we can do--- Long time ago already, we enjoyed Dr. Carl Sagan's Science series by National Broad Cast(NHK) in Japan about space and another life form in space. Maybe because of his tone of voice or the way he talked, he looked so confident what he was talking about in the series and made us believe what he was informing us was all true. He had such a great gift and had a wonderful opportunity to serve it to everyone and of course especially for himself. No special scientific knowledge ... more »

My Epiphany for Astronomy

by Richard Oldenburg

August 6, 2013 | 0 comments

I am a 73 year old retired policeman who was an avid fisherman in my younger days. In the late 70s I had occasion to fish the White River outside of Kenora in Canada. That is where I observed the first "Dark Sky" I had ever seen because I am a "City Boy" who lives near the light pollution in the Midwest near Chicago. I was completely AWESTRUCK by that sky. I saw EVERYTHING near Earth that an astronomer could ever hope to see: the arm of the Milky Way; the Aurora Borealis; satellites in orbit; the craters on the ... more »

Martian Chronicles

by Daniel Levy

August 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Hello friends. I am the composer for MARTIAN CHRONICLES. On June 9, 2013, we presented excerpts from this new work in New York City, sharing the stage with Planetary Society board president and renowned scientist Jim Bell at Cornelia Street Cabaret. If you'd like to have a listen to what the piece sounds like, please visit http://martianchroniclesmusictheater.com and please let me know what you think! I hope we are able to bring this piece to a theater or planetarium near you in the near future.

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Chasing Asteroid 1998 QWE2

by Kai Staats

August 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Asteroid 1998 QE2 passed the Earth, its closest approach in 200 years the final days of May 2013. The South African Astronomical Observatory was part of an international effort to record its passing. I was honoured to be a part of the team, capturing the event in this short documentary film: www.saao.ac.za

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A Child of the Space Age

by Robert Brining

July 31, 2013 | 1 comments

Willy Ley and Werner von Braun were among my childhood heroes. I was thrilled by the first faint beeps from Sputnik. Alan Shepard and John Glenn took me with them into space. I will remember to my dying day where I was when I watched Neal Armstrong take his one small step. Those feelings and memories are of enormous importance to me. They help define me. I am a child of the space age. If we turn our back on space, what will my grandchildren have to take its place? We NEED to be explorers! It is our birthright and ... more »

Owner/Founder/Director; Institute of Cardiovascular Research and Education

by Michael Craig Grant

July 31, 2013 | 0 comments

My Interest in inter-planetary travel was born through my exposure to literature and training in the sciences.

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Edumacation- 'Merica!'

by Pattie

July 30, 2013 | 0 comments

I am not even sure when this fascniation- obession- began. I can remember being very young, perhaps age three or four, and being curious about the so called heavens. Even at that age I was extremely skeptical about societies' prospective of what may be in the sky or beyond it. I always strived for the truth and to educate myself. Nothing less.

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Best birthday present ever

by Aurore de Blois

July 24, 2013 | 0 comments

A good friend of mine has one of the coolest jobs in the world, he drives the MER and MSL rovers! Last week he sent me a surprise early birthday gift [see image] Pretty mind blowing little present, still thrilled. I spent days just looking at the pictures from sols 3342, 3343 and 3344, and staring at the location in Google Mars... It will be hard for my friends to top this one. The next best thing would be being there myself.

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A curiosity party...

by Jessica Pike

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

When all the buzz started about Curiosity landing on Mars, I was finally able to get people excited about space exploration. I had my grandparents throw a Mars themed party, we barbequed and watched all the coverage we could find for hours! My grandmother even made a table centerpiece with red sand and a rover. We couldn't believe we would have to wait seconds to know if Curiosity was safe. We gathered around the television and watched as step by step, the landing procedures were performed. The tension was palpable! Cheering erupted all round the room when Curiosity was safe ... more »

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