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A Love of Space through Science Fiction and Science Fact

by David Lee Summers

November 16, 2016

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.

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Somewhere over the Cosmos

by Dan R. Rissi

November 16, 2016

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.

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Walt Disney started my interest in Space at the age of eleven

by Robert Jones

November 16, 2016

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 »

Earth Rise Over The Moon

by Ken Heinrich

November 16, 2016

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.

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A V2 Rocket

by Richard McConnell

November 16, 2016

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 »

A Tower of Smoke

by Jordan Rice

September 8, 2016

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 »

Our Closest Friend

by Matteo Norcia

August 9, 2016

Hi there! My name is Matteo. I am a physics major currently doing undergrad, planning on going to grad school for astronomy and then astrophysics. This picture I took of the full moon was on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at 12:35am when the moon was about 238,511 miles away. It was 99.8% illuminated and its altitude was 31 degrees. I took this with my Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ. We haven't been to the moon for almost forty-four years! Let's go back, and thank it for everything it does for us!

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J. Keith Sowell, a Planetary Astronomer and Volunteer

by J. Keith Sowell

July 16, 2016

I am a Planetary Astronomer and Planetary Society Volunteer and will be the Florida East Coast Outreach Coordinator. I am a NASA OSIRIS-REX Mission Ambassador and give astronomy demonstrations and training in Titusville Florida which is next to Kennedy Space Center. The Planetary Society helped me get my position because I signed up for the certificate to get my name sent to the asteroid Bennu. After I signed up, I put in my application to be an Ambassador and a year later I was named one. I also got a VIP pass to the OSIRIS-REx launch on September 8, 2016. ... more »

Korea's First Star Trek Prof and First Foreign Civics Prof

by Roger Thompson MA FRSA

July 11, 2016

I am Korea's first Star Trek professor, and I am also her first foreign civics professor. In my civics class I teach the philosophy of JFK, who put man on the moon. I joined the Planetary Society because I am an advocate for space travel, obviously, and I am also a pioneer of sorts. Rod Roddenberry, the son of the creator of Star Trek, the late Gene Roddenberry, has given my ethics of Star Trek class, which is the first of its kind in a Korean university, the thumbs up, and JFK's daughter Caroline has done the same for my ... more »

Space is the Place

by Joey Stanford

June 20, 2016

I've helped out the Mars Society as a mission controller, the Planetary Resources as a Vanguard, and have taught ham radio operators about how to use satellites, the ISS, the moon, and meteors to establish communications. I met Jonathan Rhys Davies face to face and he suggested I join. So I did.

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