See this article in Scientific Reports: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25106 It pulls together several lines of (amateur) research that I have pursued for 2 decades: Spaceguard Tsunami from asteroid impacts (on Earth!) Transpermia - transfer of microbes between planets Ice fields on Mars. For links see: http://users.tpg.com.au/horsts/index.html#news
I was born with a disease called Billiary Atresia which caused my liver to fail at just three months old. As a kid, my passion was the natural sciences. In fact, at the age of seven or so I decided to pack up my suit case to go down to Africa and help Dianne Fossey save the gorillas. My love of science was average it was definitely there but it wasn't my focus by any means. Then at the age of fifteen I had my second liver transplant. I spent six months in the hospital and missed copious amounts of ... more »
This is close up image from Sol 1087 (cross eye view). Are there minerals in those rock layers? I have been putting together the Left/Right images from Curiosity Navigation Cameras for several years along with images from Spirit, Opportunity, Pluto, etc. See current post at https://www.facebook.com/ronald.kriesel.3 on April 24, 2016. Also see previous post I made recently in this forum. Thank you and enjoy 3D Space!
I left my medical studies in 4th year to pursue my lifelong passion for astronomy. I did not know, however, that growing up in a south asian, oriental home would make it so hard for me to realize my true passion. Majority of the young adults in my part of the world (I am from Pakistan by the way!) either consider engineers or doctors as symbols of social and financial success in this society. 25 years later and that 1 image of the alien Martian landscape, and it all changed!
My primary and middle school would have these library classes where ... more »
I have been weirdly obsessed with the problem of three bodies and their mutual gravitational attraction. This is a puzzle that goes all the way back to Newton. Many great mathematicians explored it (Euler, Lagrange, Poincarre to name a few) and it continues to be an area of active research.
In the last several decades a number of new solutions have been found, including a beautiful figure eight solution. As a way of exploring these I have created an app "ThreeBody Lite" to allow an exploration of these solutions and the ability to create new ones. It is available on iOS ... more »
Most of my life I've prided myself on being open minded, willing to hear both sides of the story and come to my own conclusions. I've loved science and the unexpected results deriving from experiments since I was a kid. The problem was, I never really did anything about it. I walked through school knowing there was a great big universe out there and being content with media fed news explaining to me the scientific breakthroughs the purists dedicated their lives to. I spent 8 years in junior college specializing in nothing before finally becoming a firefighter; even that didn't ... more »
Hello! My name is Christian, I am 20 years old, and I am currently a frustrated college student trying to find his calling. I grew up in a rural town where me and my mom would look into the night sky and gaze at stars. When she remarried we moved to a city, and I lost my view of the stars.
When I was a kid I was in the DISCOVERIES program at my school throughout elementary and middle school it was the advanced classes for elementary and middle school students. We got to take a lot of field trips mostly ... more »
http://wh.gov/ifzR4 is a petition to get NASA to develop a common technology resource to allow Moon rovers to be controlled through a web browser interface. Students and researchers could drive around the Moon conducting experiments and explore in general, all through their web browser. How cool would that be for a STEM program?
I am excited to share my excitement that Emily went to much extra effort to gather the Chinese Lander and Rover images for everyone to learn that the moon is still there to explore. My first two 3-D images (cross-eye) are posted on my Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ronald.kriesel.3 I have been constructing many 3-D images from space exploration image captures, especially from the Mars Rovers, Pluto, and one of Asteroid Vesta 3D image from spacecraft Dawn cameras.
While still in Vietnam, at the end of my tour, my “stateside” home and my loved ones had become a faded dream. But then I was home again and putting the war behind me. I arrived home early in July of 1969, and soon after I watched as we landed on the moon. Vietnam was another world, bearing no resemblance to the Midwest of the United States. And so it seemed fitting that we were traveling to another world in actuality.
In the following years we moved from amazing flights to the moon to the space shuttle program. I had returned ... more »