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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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My Hope for A Brighter Future-by Allen C.

by Allen C.

April 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Hello I am Allen and since I was 7 years old I have always been facinated by space exploration and all the possibilities, at the time I started watching Star Trek The Next Generation and I was hooked. My father beeing a man of science taught me alot about space and the chances of life on other planets. I am 28 and still a Star Trek fan. I believe that a future where we may work together with beeings from other worlds to explore the mysteries of the universe is a great and wonderous opportunity one to great to pass. ... more »

THE ACID TEST OF FINAL FAREWELLS

by Roger Peter Elsinger

March 18, 2013 | 0 comments

gramparaja's Blog The acid test of final farewells March 10, 2013 15 years ago I missed a turn and drove off a 30 foot cliff knowing absolutely that I would not survive when it was over. I had often wondered through the years what I would say or do when facing certain death and I found out at that time. My wife was riding with me and as we went airborne I heard myself say "oh, sweetheart"... In that short moment airborne... And utter complete mental silence. 8 feet of snow saved our lives a second later. A week ago ... more »

My Story

by Heath

February 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Unfortunately I came to understand the importance of science a little late in life. But it's never too late to make a difference. I've realized that science really is "the poetry of reality". I grew up in a small town where it seemed that 99.9 percent of the population was catholic. I used to believe in the teachings of the religion but always questioned them. I used to think that "god" could hear my thoughts so when I would question "god", by coincidence and chance I would encounter an event that made it seem like a punishment or message directed ... more »

Science, my life

by Michael Grella

February 27, 2013 | 0 comments

My name is Michael, I've always been amazed by science for as long as I can remember. I was always interested and telling my mother random facts. I was born in Germany and moved to the United States when I was 9 years old in the 3rd grade. There I learned English, but that wasn't the best part, it was the first time I heard about the solar system and planets, I've seen plenty of outer-space pictures and cartoons with planets and watched cartoons with space as well. But in 3rd grade is when I really learned about our Solar ... more »

What space means to me

by James Gan

February 27, 2013 | 1 comments

What space means to me

I'm a kid who loves science, science is the only subject I pay attention, particularly Astronomy and the prospect of finding life on other planets or moons. I'm not the only one in my class that shares the same intrest, I don't recon there's a person in my year level, possibly the school who doesn't like learning about other planets) mainly because there are so many pictures and we just watch videos so we don't need to listen to our teachers)

However

We all love and know about NASA but thats the only space agency we know about ... more »

Neil and I

by Seamus

January 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Dr. Tyson was in Chapel Hill for the NC science festival and we got to talk to him. He was so cool.

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My Story

by Michael Gardner

January 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Like many others, my curiosity about nature, and astronomy specifically, came about from encouragement from a teacher. When my fifth grade teacher told us to come to the front table of our class room, one row of students at a time, and select a book to read when we had spare time, I happened to select a book on astronomy. I had picked the book up but replace it. My good friend Aurelio Garcia, reached out for it. Quickly thinking that this must be a good book, I grabbed it back. The book, as you probably guessed, was on astronomy. ... more »

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