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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 »

Stargazing

by Umair Qazi

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Stars have fascinated mankind for a very long time. Most humans do not worship them but observing them is no less than a religious experience. By merely facing upwards at night, we can contemplate on our minuteness. We are introduced to the vastness of the universe.

Stargazing is for the romantics. Movies have long portrayed lovers, lying on the beach at night, eyeballing and counting the stars. ‘My love for you will remain till these stars shine’ and countless other phrases invoke stars for the most pure human emotion: love. How accurate portrayal of human emotion the stars convey!

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1956

by hdchiba

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

1956, I was 14 yrs old and what we did every day is go to the beach for fun. i remember at the beach staring at these individual bright lights zipping back and forth in the blue sky above. never before seen. we joked and laughed, but somewhere I began to wonder just what these circular bright objects might be? their flight patterns were totally unearthly. no, it was not the Sputnik the Russians sent up that year, although one could see it, the Sputnik, at night. one thought remained with me since then. it was a dream that i ... more »

Arsenica

by Pattie

May 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Thinking of the future.

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A curious mind

by Jesse Bishop

May 20, 2013 | 1 comments

Hello, my name is Jesse, but I prefer to be called James, a nick-name given to me by a coworker a few years ago. I'm 22 years old, and I live in a small town in Wyoming, where I feel very cut off from the rest of society. I've lived here my whole life, I've never even seen much of the world outside the Equality State. I am also not very educated, at least not in the American sense. I have never attended college. I started working right out of high school, but despite my background, I have always wanted ... more »

Star Wars made a geek out of me.

by Wes A.

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

As a kid, my parents were very adamant that I should read and not rot my precious meat computer in front of the TV watching music videos and playing video games. As a gift to help encourage that, my parents gave me paperback copy of the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope. I've dreamed of piloting a space craft, meeting alien races, exploring the secrets of the space, and traveling the Universe ever since.

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How many satellites have we put in orbit?

by Silvio Casagrande

May 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Good Day! A couple of days ago I gave a presentation to remember Yuri Gagarin's first manned Space Flight a the school of my kids. In the presentation for the 7 to 11 years old I received a lot of interesting questions (my toughest audience ever ;-) and one I'm not able to answer or know how to find a response. I found this: http://www.universetoday.com/42198/how-many-satellites-in-space/ and keep this one in My Favourite Links: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/09281400-whats-up-october-2012.html But is there any good number? Rockets launched that the payload reached orbit? Satellites outside Earth orbit? Military versus Scientific versus Commercial? Manned versus unmanned? Thanks ... more »

Six decades of observing

by Thomas P. Busemeyer

May 20, 2013 | 1 comments

At age 18 in 1950 I purchased my first telescope--a 4" aperature Edmund Scientific reflector. What absolute joy it brought to my eyes!

Some years later I viewed beautiful Saturn through a star party member's 8 inch homemade reflector. I was struck enlightened (if not dumb). I later purchased a Goto Mfg. Co. 60 mm refractor ---a true jewel which set me to start a log book of observed items which I still keep up using my Meade ETX 125 in my home built 8'-0" diameter domed observatory.

Having gotten a BS in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (1958) my senior ... more »

Hi, I'm Ryan

by Ryan Barton

April 1, 2013 | 0 comments

I just F***ing love science.

That's all :)

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