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.
In 1950, at the age of eleven, Walt Disney's movie "Destination Moon" started my interest in space. Later, as a White Sands Proving Grounds Co-op New Mexico A&M physics major, my interest was further peaked upon seeing Russia's sputnik go overhead every 90 minutes. It was during my first work phase at WSPG my high school typing skills had me typing a hand written paper on the possibility of launching a basketball sized satellite using a Army ballistic missile. When I asked why they had not returned the paper to me for corrections and finalization, I was told it had ... more »
From the first time I watched a rocket blast of for a space mission I was very interested in space exploration. Then when Apollo 8 pictures of the Earth Rise over the Moon came back I was hooked and in love with Space.
My family was living in Ruislip, west London, in late September, 1944 during World War II. I was aged 2 1/2 years old. We had just moved into a house there which had been unoccupied for two years, and the large garden was heavily overgrown. My elder brother John and I were playing there on an old 'swing' one morning, when there was a huge bang. My brother and I rushed into the house to tell our mother that "something nearly hit us". She came out and looked but could see nothing special, but a short time later an army ... more »
As a child I was introduced to science in the same way many are... through science fiction. Star Wars was one of the first science fiction films I had seen. A few years later the Star Wars prequels were released, which although many dispute their greatness, they were also influential, introducing aspects of space travel such as the hyperspace ring.
My love for science fiction would foster; however there would be one experience, which would provide a transition from fascination with science fiction to a fascination with the real world of science. On July 8, 2011, I stood just a few ... more »