Back in college I was discussion the Civil war with a friend and amidst our "lets admire how much of history we've forgotten" talks the aurora over the battle of Fredericksburg came up. This was mentioned because we were in Florida and the easter egg of the conversation was "The aurora can be seen in the the gulf states".
Just like that, I had my wonder wall. Can I see the aurora here? When will it be strongest? Where is it strongest? And that rabbit hole ran DEEP. Quickly I found out about solar magnetic activity cycle's and when the next ... more »
I fell in love with the universe/space travelling after seeing the first episode of Star Trek as a very small child. It was only the joy of space research. Later, the idea that there really is life out there. And as I grew older, and really understood the visions of Gene Roddenberry, I became a real "space freak". I firmly believe in a better world and in space research. I believe that "Star Trek" and Gene's dreams will one day become a reality.
I was born in 1950, before computers, before satellited, and before the Moon landing. The science fiction magazines left around my home had wonderful pictures of other worlds. My imagination took flight. It landed on the covers of Scientific American and I discovered that other worlds DO exist: Mars is real, so is Jupiter, Saturn, Venus. And they are very different from fiction. I finagled a small telescope and took out every book I could from the library. My world expanded lightyears beyond any classroom. The deal was clinched when I first saw the Pleiades rising. Such beauty! I am ... more »
I began watching television shows like Through The Wormhole, and was fascinated by our studies of black holes and what happens to matter and light when it reaches and crosses the event horizon. After Through the Wormhole, I began my quest to quench my thirst for knowledge. After discovering Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos, I went back to watch the originals and began my study of Carl Sagan's work. Since then, I simply can't get enough.
Just over a year later, I am taking classes on black holes from UCLA, I am the proud owner of a ... more »
My love and fascination with space began with a children's book, The Golden Book of Astronomy: A Child's Introduction to the Wonders of Space, which I received around age 6 or 7. What I remember most is the feeling of the impact of the images, not only of the planets and moons, but also of the ancient peoples who revered the myths they built around the little points of light in the sky. I wanted to know more about what was really "out there".
While I have never become an astronomer, an astronaut, or even worked with a company involved in ... more »
My space story begins on February 20, 1962. Most of you will recognize the date. I was in the fourth grade. Our class had watched the progress of John Glenn's flight during the school day. When school was out, we were supposed to have a Cub Scout meeting, but that didn't happen. Instead, we all gathered around my friend's little black-and-white TV in his basement.
We knew that there was a possible malfunction. Had the heat shield inadvertently deployed? Would John burn up as the capsule re-entered the earth's atmosphere? No one knew, not even John, as it turned out. So ... more »
As far as I can remember, I've always been interested in Science. So, in a certain way, I've always loved Space. But, at first, it wasn't my favourite subject. I was more interested in pyramids, dinosaurs, human evolution, etc. Then, for my 6th birthday, my mother bought me a book about Space. That book introduced me with the Solar System, the Big Bang, black holes and galaxies. I was so fascinated by all that stuff, I could spent hours alone with that book, trying to understand the universe. During the following years, my love for Space became bigger and stronger, ... more »
I'm very interested in the mineralogy and astrobiology of other worlds, especially those in our own Solar System. This is why I became a mineralogist in the first place. I'm very happy for The Planetary Report and news about space exploration. And would've enjoyed being a scientist at NASA, but alas I live in Denmark!
My love of space started by watching the original Star Trek television series. I was captivated by the idea that there were whole worlds beyond the Earth to learn about and explore.
When I was ten years old, the Viking Landers went to Mars and suddenly, I saw pictures of a real planet. It looked so much like the Southern California desert where I was from that it couldn't help but be real, but so lifeless, it couldn't help but be alien. It was almost certainly then that I decided space exploration had to be part of my life.
I remember watching the original Cosmos on TV a few years after it was released. I was quickly awestruck by the beauty and vastness of the Universe and especially by the fact that all the things I knew were deeply connected to it. Everything impeccably unravelled by Sagan's voice. That sense of connection hit the right buttons and even though I did not quite know how to deal with it at the time, that mesmerizing feeling grew over the years and became something important that we all should cultivate: the capacity to detect poetry and magic in the natural world.