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 »
Whenever the sky is clear, I always take out my telescope and look closely at the moon. I observe how it looks and the craters on the moon. Sometimes, I go outside when the sky is clear and stare at the millions of stars in the sky, trying to recognize some constellations and naming them. I do these things because I am in love with space. I enjoy learning about the universe us humans live in.
Here is a life lesson: a person should do things in life that make them happy and that they enjoy doing those things. Like me. ... more »
I just spent the better part of the day reading almost everyone’s entries on "My Story". Some I read the whole article, others, just the bylines, but I got to see who’s out there all across the planet. Young and Old, Novice and Professional, Dreamers and Believers, Pioneers and Adventurers. When I did my first entry, I kinda did more like a resume’ and a recruiting tool rather than a “This is who I Am”. I realized this after reading everyone’s articles. So who am I? Well… I am the luckiest guy in the world. My career has allowed me ... more »
My name is Richard Sample. I am a Quality Control inspector with over 30 years in the testing and inspection industries. I am a degreed Nuclear/Metallurgist, an ASNT nationally certified Level III in Ultrasonic’s, Magnetic Particle, and Liquid Penetrant and an API certified Pressure Vessel (510), Process Piping (570), and Storage Tank (653) Inspector. I have worked in Nuclear power plants, Aerospace, Aircraft, Petrochemical, and Polymer industries, with experience in metal / welding fatigue and failure analysis. I have witnessed a much diversified range of fabrication and processing methods over the decades.
My unique work experience has shown me many approaches ... more »
What about me? I'm the guy that cried at the end of episode 11 of Cosmos. Born in the Bahamas I was always curious about how the world worked around me: why the way things were and how we could possibly improve our standard of living. I was the one always asking questions, trying to come to a clear understanding of the life we lived, even when it began to annoy those who found such questions insignificant or intimidating. When a problem arises I have to first figure out why it's a problem in the first place and then find ... more »
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.