I can remember far back, prior to schooling, riding along in the back seat of the family car on a late night drive. I remember these drives vividly because I always played a game with myself. In my mind I was racing the Moon. Whenever it would fall out of vision, perhaps behind a tree line, I would wait eagerly in hopes that I had lost it. To no avail it would return, seemingly chasing us home. I did this often and for a long while never put much thought into it as it was just something I did to ... more »
I got my first telescope when I was a boy in the 1960s. Astronomy and space exploration have been on my radar for quite a long time but now that my kids are on their own and after a 30 year career in law enforcement, retired, I can now delve back into it.
In 2001, I purchased a Meade LX-200 12" and it is setup in my backyard in a pod. I have just started astrophotography with a CCD as well as with a DSLR to image the Milky Way. In the winter, KSC is a destination of mine and have ... more »
As a college student, I like to be engaged in events that come to my campus whenever there will be a talk about climate change, or space exploration, or anything else in the sciences that promotes responsible sustainability on Earth. I very much want to see us take care of climate change, as well as see the foundations of humanity becoming a multi-planetary species.
As we all know, the general public tends to have a negative outlook on humanity. It's always, "We're destroying the planet!" or "Humans are a virus!" or "NASA is a waste of money!" I think one of ... more »
The race for space began with fear that one of our kind might leave home before the other and gain a military advantage. It was not an expedition but a political decision to fuel the Saturn V rockets that carried our species further than ever before. Four decades later, we have advanced our technology such that each of us carries in our pockets more computational power than all of NASA at the time of the Apollo program, yet we remain grounded, the International Space Station the only reminder of a time when we believed we would inherit the stars.
My generation (the millennials) is a strange lot. We were born into this world of wonderful technological advances and scientific discovery. When I was born, in 1994, the first smart phone was produced and that would forever change the world of technology. I grew up watching Star Wars/Star Trek and was adopted into this sci fi life style and that changed my personal life. All of the technology I was around never really struck me as awesome because it’s all I knew. Watching these sci fi films in a sense, spoiled me with this out of this world technology. That ... more »
My two daughters, my sister and I visited the North Carolina Science Museum on Thanksgiving weekend in 2005. On display were floor-to-ceiling color images of the enigmatic landforms called "Carolina bays". My daughter Lori was actively doing research on stripped bass on several of the lakes that have formed in these gentle depressions, but she had not even heard of the term!
Since that time I have been exploring the possibility that there was some sort of cosmic catastrophic event involved in the bay creation.
One work product has been the creation of a geospatial catalogue of 45,000 Carolina bays using the ... more »
Thanks to the NH Team and the great help from Alan Stern, we had great moments in Paris on the evening of the 15th of July 2015 at our National Science Museum where the Pluto encounter was on live show. I had the great honor to make the full NH mission presentation and I took this opportunity to highlight the important role the Planetary Society had in 2001 for its efficient lobbying at Washington D.C. that led to the re-start of the Pluto mission tender that was cancelled in 2000. I told the audience (this picture) that, without the strong ... more »
When I was a child, attending Valley View Elementary School, in Wadsworth, OH, we were given one of the greatest gifts imaginable. It was the early 90's, and we were energetic little twerps - who grew up into energetic big twerps - but we were visited by a super star. Bill Nye came to our school and wowed us. Not only was he the most famous person in the ENTIRE world to us at the time - the thought of meeting him was overwhelming and exciting - but more than the fame, his influence on us just as great. He ... more »
50 years ago, I had my first opportunity to view our universe through a telescope. I was 9. Since then I've lived an astronomer's life by night, while a systems analyst by day. I've built 2 observatories at 2 locations, to give me the opportunity to image and view our universe from our planet.
I've enjoyed the many years of working within the community, astronomy clubs, and with some professionals on public outreach, data collection and analysis. But most of all, I really enjoy getting out under the sky, checking out newly discovered comets, hunting down Deep Sky Objects (DSO's), especially ... more »