Tonight, on April 16, 2015, my husband and I were out watching the ISS fly overhead - it is unusually clear tonight so the Space Station was very prominent. We noticed another bright light following the ISS path exactly and after a moment I realized it was the Dragon Supply ship as it was moving to catch up to the ISS for Friday morning's delivery. Pretty cool!
When I was a child, I would stay outside at night and look up at the stars, especially the bright ones. My fascination grew once I was introduced to science fiction movies. I especially got interested in UFOs and the possibility of life on other planets. I would find out later that many of the things in these films were impossible or not likely to occur, but my interest in space stayed with me.
As I grew up, I started getting more into science and what space travel might look like. I loved how I learned that future space ships might ... more »
Hi, my name is Stuart. Tonight I took the plunge and joined the Planetary Society. So a bit about me. I am studying Bachelor of General Studies - Science Pathway at the University of Tasmania. I was previously studying the arts pathway. However through the mid semester break last year I got to watching lots of The Big Bang Theory and listening to a lot of StarTalk Radio. I realized I wanted to study physics. So I tried the Physics Foundation unit over the spring. After finally completing my first semester of the arts pathway.
There are many reasons why space exploration is important. Most are critical but usually long range. The advancement of knowledge, the human need to explore, the fact that we must leave Earth eventually to survive, among them. I am not a scientist. Just an average reasonably intelligent person. To me space is awe inspiring, it stimulates the imagination. It makes me think about things beyond my everyday life. It is also humbling to get some understanding of the universe and what an extremely small piece of what exists we are. It has made me a broader minded person and keeps ... more »
I met Louis Friedman, Executive Director of the Planetary Society, in Vancouver in 1982 where he introduced me to the work of the Society. We later corresponded on ways to promote the Society in Australia.
I eventually went on to chair the Australian Astronomy and Space Exploration liaison group and to promote astronomy and space science to the public in many ways. As part of my university career I founded and managed a science centre and planetarium. The Vancouver conference and my encounter with The Planetary Society was one of the turning points in my career.
I'm just now in my 5th semester in college, and I am finally getting to some fun math. I cannot contain my excitement when I think about working on projects such as SETI. I like so many others have been inspired by the work of astronomers and great teachers of science and clearly see the road ahead of me that leads to a rewarding career in astrophysics.
The scientific study of impact structures began only about 50 years ago. I’m dating myself, but that was about the time my interest in impact craters started. Like any kid, I spent hours looking at the craters on the Moon through my old telescope. Would I ever get a chance to explore a crater? Well since retirement, I combined my hobbies of astronomy, geology and flying to explore impact craters and structures in North America from the air and ground. You may think that the natural geological forces on our planet would have destroyed any features of impact craters. But, ... more »
For me, space is just one sliver of the iceberg. I feel the need to look further. Take each piece and put them together. To see the whole picture.
That's how I see it. My name is John Leach and I am just starting to grasp my inner knowledge seeker. As I say it: "It's just human." As I see the world today, some may see as profit. Some might see it as the whole. This is it. This is all there is and they are fine with that. I myself see much more, as does everyone else reading this. I ... more »
Are there other intelligent beings in our universe? It is my contention that, yes, there are, there were and there will be more in the future. We earthlings appeared on the galactic scene 5 billion years after the birth of our sun on a planet with liquid water and the right elements in place to allow life to begin. It is my contention that the first intelligent life appeared in the universe 5 billion years after the Big Bang, 9 billion years ago. That life may long be extinct by now due to their sun dying, catastrophic self-extermination during their ... more »
Just before the ESA-CNES landing session for the Philae spacecraft on comet 67-P started in Paris, Tuesday afternoon November 12, four members of The Planetary Society and its "UMSF forum" were there at our National Science Museum ("Cite des Sciences") gathering as "Ambassadors" for the Planetary Society. From left to right: "Polaris", me, Jacques Blamont (Advisory Council of The Planetary Society) and "Climber".
We were all proud being there, because we had 2 presentations ("The nucleus in 3D" and "the CIVA-P cameras landing site simulations") that were labeled as Planetary Society and were given in front of the President of the ... more »