by Richard Oldenburg
August 6, 2013 | 0 comments
I am a 73 year old retired policeman who was an avid fisherman in my younger days. In the late 70s I had occasion to fish the White River outside of Kenora in Canada. That is where I observed the first "Dark Sky" I had ever seen because I am a "City Boy" who lives near the light pollution in the Midwest near Chicago. I was completely AWESTRUCK by that sky. I saw EVERYTHING near Earth that an astronomer could ever hope to see: the arm of the Milky Way; the Aurora Borealis; satellites in orbit; the craters on the ... more »
by Daniel Levy
August 2, 2013 | 0 comments
Hello friends. I am the composer for MARTIAN CHRONICLES. On June 9, 2013, we presented excerpts from this new work in New York City, sharing the stage with Planetary Society board president and renowned scientist Jim Bell at Cornelia Street Cabaret. If you'd like to have a listen to what the piece sounds like, please visit http://martianchroniclesmusictheater.com and please let me know what you think! I hope we are able to bring this piece to a theater or planetarium near you in the near future.... more »
by Kai Staats
August 1, 2013 | 0 comments
Asteroid 1998 QE2 passed the Earth, its closest approach in 200 years the final days of May 2013. The South African Astronomical Observatory was part of an international effort to record its passing. I was honoured to be a part of the team, capturing the event in this short documentary film: www.saao.ac.za... more »
by Robert Brining
July 31, 2013 | 1 comments
Willy Ley and Werner von Braun were among my childhood heroes. I was thrilled by the first faint beeps from Sputnik. Alan Shepard and John Glenn took me with them into space. I will remember to my dying day where I was when I watched Neal Armstrong take his one small step. Those feelings and memories are of enormous importance to me. They help define me. I am a child of the space age. If we turn our back on space, what will my grandchildren have to take its place? We NEED to be explorers! It is our birthright and ... more »
by Michael Craig Grant
July 31, 2013 | 0 comments
My Interest in inter-planetary travel was born through my exposure to literature and training in the sciences.... more »
July 30, 2013 | 0 comments
I am not even sure when this fascniation- obession- began. I can remember being very young, perhaps age three or four, and being curious about the so called heavens. Even at that age I was extremely skeptical about societies' prospective of what may be in the sky or beyond it. I always strived for the truth and to educate myself. Nothing less.... more »
by Aurore de Blois
July 24, 2013 | 0 comments
A good friend of mine has one of the coolest jobs in the world, he drives the MER and MSL rovers! Last week he sent me a surprise early birthday gift [see image] Pretty mind blowing little present, still thrilled. I spent days just looking at the pictures from sols 3342, 3343 and 3344, and staring at the location in Google Mars... It will be hard for my friends to top this one. The next best thing would be being there myself.... more »
by Jessica Pike
July 1, 2013 | 0 comments
When all the buzz started about Curiosity landing on Mars, I was finally able to get people excited about space exploration. I had my grandparents throw a Mars themed party, we barbequed and watched all the coverage we could find for hours! My grandmother even made a table centerpiece with red sand and a rover. We couldn't believe we would have to wait seconds to know if Curiosity was safe. We gathered around the television and watched as step by step, the landing procedures were performed. The tension was palpable! Cheering erupted all round the room when Curiosity was safe ... more »
by Umair Qazi
July 1, 2013 | 0 comments
Stars have fascinated mankind for a very long time. Most humans do not worship them but observing them is no less than a religious experience. By merely facing upwards at night, we can contemplate on our minuteness. We are introduced to the vastness of the universe.
Stargazing is for the romantics. Movies have long portrayed lovers, lying on the beach at night, eyeballing and counting the stars. ‘My love for you will remain till these stars shine’ and countless other phrases invoke stars for the most pure human emotion: love. How accurate portrayal of human emotion the stars convey!
Stargazing is for ... more »
July 1, 2013 | 0 comments
1956, I was 14 yrs old and what we did every day is go to the beach for fun. i remember at the beach staring at these individual bright lights zipping back and forth in the blue sky above. never before seen. we joked and laughed, but somewhere I began to wonder just what these circular bright objects might be? their flight patterns were totally unearthly. no, it was not the Sputnik the Russians sent up that year, although one could see it, the Sputnik, at night. one thought remained with me since then. it was a dream that i ... more »
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