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 »
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!
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »