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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.

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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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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 »

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