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My Love of the Cosmos

by Philip A Cruden

November 7, 2012 | 1 comments

Hello all,

I am happy to be a member of this important society.

In my professional life I am an Art Director and Production Designer in the Animation Feature Film and Television Industries. I have worked on many feature films including Anastasia, Titan AE, Ice Age, and Barnyard to name a few. In TV I have worked on hit shows like The Simpson’s, The Critic, The Pink Panther, Planet Sheen, Back at the Barnyard and a host of others.

My passion for the Cosmos started way back when I was a young boy with the first landing on the moon. It was somewhat ... more »

The Crack of Dawn

by Patrick McDonald

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Where I was when Curiosity Landed

At a little after 6AM in the city of Sheffield in the UK, I dragged myself to the living room, pausing briefly to admire Venus, and got my cousin's complicated satellite tv started. I guess it was late night in California. The waiting time was a bit tense, but the sight of the first image, proof that the landing was successful made it all worthwhile.

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Semantic Space

by Richard Kaderli

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Sky hook and space industry could generate resources that would revolutionize society. Skike (Sky Bike) could then be possible and we could move away from combustion engines and re-green the Earth. The way to get people out of cars is to give them human-powered flight. Thinking outside the box means solar power as well and using Lunar resources we could create power that would dwarf hydro-electric and coal.

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by david a battson

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Where was I when Curiosity Landed?

Watching live on line in the UK.

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Kent P.

by Kent P. Ewart Sr.

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Where was I when Curiosity landded?

I was just watching it on NASA T.V. It would have been so cool to be in the control room as I felt the emotion even from my living room. Great job everyone and God speed to Curiosity.

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Mr. Larry Roark

by Larry Roark

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Citizen scientists search for alien life Amateur astronomy buffs find common goal in just a few clicks Larry Roark, 61, of Tampa, Fla., uses an old PC and a little of his spare time to volunteer for the SETI project. (Michael C. Weimar, For the Chicago Tribune / April 24, 2012)

By Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune reporter April 26, 2012

Every day, Larry Roark logs on to his 2002 Dell desktop computer in Tampa, Fla., and searches the cosmos for aliens. A retired insurance analyst, Roark spends hours online poring over pictures of radio waves taken from space, scouting for any unusual ... more »

Chief Scientist, The Boeing Co

by Larry B Keese

September 27, 2012 | 0 comments

I had the good fortune of being the RA for The Science Instrument Pointing Systems for Voyager I&II Development, Launch, and Jupiter & Saturn Encounter Teams! I met Dr Karl Sagan, and worked with Dr Ed Stone, & Mr John Cassani! My time at JPL was a huge highlight of my car rear. I went on to support the NRO Specializing in Science Instrument Integration, Pointing, and Space Ground Interfaces!

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Me and Ann

by Richard Carter

September 26, 2012 | 4 comments

After Mrs. Druyan spoke to the crowd, a line formed to meet her. She was so nice. She meet and spoke with all the waiting people. Not only did she give a fantastic speech, I have never meet a more charming and pleasant woman. I wish there was a way I could let her know how special she made that evening for me. I will never forget that night. Thank you so much Ann

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"Techniques of Lunar Landing" Lecture by Armstrong

by Chuck Fisher

September 26, 2012 | 0 comments

I was glued to the TV on July 20, 1969, in the living room of my house the summer between graduation and my first college semester as a midshipman at USC. Soon after the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong gave a lecture at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus called “Techniques of Lunar Landing,” which I attended. He was finishing up his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering, and the lecture was in partial fulfillment of that course of study. I reckon he knew what he was talking about. I still have a copy of the notes he passed out. I imagine in ... more »

The Transit of Venus

by Kai Staats

September 25, 2012 | 0 comments

My Return to the Sun When I arrived to the Mauna Kea visitor center at nine thousand feet elevation, just after dark, I was surprised to find a dozen vehicles, shuttles, tour buses, and some fifty people wrapped in blankets, winter jackets and caps, huddled around a dozen telescopes focused on Mars, Saturn, and several nebulae. I learned the Mauna Kea Visitors Center holds a public star party, a viewing session every night of the year, weather permitting. My heart lifted and I was a kid again, eager to interact, share, and learn. I changed from shorts into long pants ... more »

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