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Making the best of it

by Wylie Ott

November 17, 2016

When I was 10 I was in 7th grade in San Diego. Schools were overcrowded - at my school, Junior High was mornings, and High School was in afternoons - so I had all my afternoons free. Both my parents worked, and there were no other kids around where I lived. Trying to find a way to spend afternoons, I found the school library, and the first book I tried was Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. I was captivated for life - Asimov, Bradbury, LeGuin, Clarke, Crichton, and so many others! The one real regret I have (I'm 72 now) ... more »

My Dad, my brother and the stars

by Tony Dennis

November 17, 2016

Our Dad worked at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio and took us to the annual air show. He taught us to always look up and thrill in the exploration of the skies. As the bug took hold of both my brother and I we realized that we needed more so we looked into buying a telescope for our back yard. The cost of a telescope was too much for a couple of poor young boys, but the price of some components was not too bad.

With my brother, Nick as the lead, we spent many hours in the ... more »

I just can't help staring upwards

by Matthew Maichuk

November 17, 2016

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 space, because of Spock

by Ilonka Liska

November 17, 2016

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.

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Born in 1950

by Dawn Miller

November 17, 2016

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 »

Black Holes and Stunning TV Illustrations

by Todd Boldizsar

November 17, 2016

I found my passion at 30.

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 »

This is Our Home, but will it be Our Only Home?

by Ty Wait

November 17, 2016

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 »

On a Tuesday in February

by Tom Spencer

November 17, 2016

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 »

The Birth of a Vocation

by Cyndia

November 16, 2016

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 »

Mineralogy of other worlds

by Dr John Metcalf-Johansen

November 16, 2016

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!

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