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Sci-fi first

by Wylie Ott

December 16, 2013 | 0 comments

I started 7th grade in San Diego in 1954. Schools were sharing buildings in those days - my Jr. High had AM hours, and the Sr. High had PM hours. With both parents working, my afternoons were lonely and boring. I went to the library one day and found "Space Cadet" by Heinlein. Hallelujah! I became a sci-fi lifer (must have read 40 or 50 books that year). I saw Sputnik in the sky. I saw the moon landing on TV. I've watched it all - the highlight being 2001:A Space Odyssey. I'm a programmer - I never would have ... more »

The Explorers

by Kai Staats

October 15, 2013 | 0 comments

"The Explorers" - a film about passion, science, and stars. We live in an incredible time. This decade alone will see the upheaval and reconstitution of what we believe about the universe. At the same time science is bringing us into a more comprehensive understanding of the cosmos, school age children often lack that spark of the imagination which sets in motion a life-long passion for learning about the world around them. A single night with a telescope often opens one’s mind for a lifetime. When a speck of light instead shows rings, moons, or a glowing tail, the world ... more »

Kepler's Second Law

by Pari Spolter

September 5, 2013 | 1 comments

Equal areas are swept in equal intervals of time only at perihelion and at aphelion. A lecture by Dr. Pari Spolter, the author of Gravitational Force of the Sun.

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York Minster Astronaut "Bosses"

by David Kaplan

September 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Visiting York Minster in England, in July, 2013, I was surprised to discover that they have medallions called "bosses" on the ceiling of the Minster, with an astronaut theme. After a disastrous July, 1984 fire, they asked children to design replacement bosses. Rebecca Walsh, aged 6 at the time, designed a boss with a generic astronaut (L). Ben Kerslake then aged 8, designed a boss depicting Neil Armstrong and the American flag (R). These were on the high ceiling of the Minster, taken with a zoom lens.

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My Story Concerning Astronomy!

by James Stegeman

August 19, 2013 | 0 comments

I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. As I was growing up I had the opportunity to witness the greatest exploration of space by mankind. I remember looking up in the sky in the driveway of our home with my dad and seeing the first man-made satellite (Sputnik) fly across the sky above our heads. I had the opportunity to witness the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo US Manned spaceflights. It was a very exciting time period to live through. My father purchased my first telescope for me when I was around 10 years old. It was a 60 ... more »

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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