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 »
Most of my life I've prided myself on being open minded, willing to hear both sides of the story and come to my own conclusions. I've loved science and the unexpected results deriving from experiments since I was a kid. The problem was, I never really did anything about it. I walked through school knowing there was a great big universe out there and being content with media fed news explaining to me the scientific breakthroughs the purists dedicated their lives to. I spent 8 years in junior college specializing in nothing before finally becoming a firefighter; even that didn't ... more »
Hello! My name is Christian, I am 20 years old, and I am currently a frustrated college student trying to find his calling. I grew up in a rural town where me and my mom would look into the night sky and gaze at stars. When she remarried we moved to a city, and I lost my view of the stars.
When I was a kid I was in the DISCOVERIES program at my school throughout elementary and middle school it was the advanced classes for elementary and middle school students. We got to take a lot of field trips mostly ... more »
http://wh.gov/ifzR4 is a petition to get NASA to develop a common technology resource to allow Moon rovers to be controlled through a web browser interface. Students and researchers could drive around the Moon conducting experiments and explore in general, all through their web browser. How cool would that be for a STEM program?
I am excited to share my excitement that Emily went to much extra effort to gather the Chinese Lander and Rover images for everyone to learn that the moon is still there to explore. My first two 3-D images (cross-eye) are posted on my Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ronald.kriesel.3 I have been constructing many 3-D images from space exploration image captures, especially from the Mars Rovers, Pluto, and one of Asteroid Vesta 3D image from spacecraft Dawn cameras.
While still in Vietnam, at the end of my tour, my “stateside” home and my loved ones had become a faded dream. But then I was home again and putting the war behind me. I arrived home early in July of 1969, and soon after I watched as we landed on the moon. Vietnam was another world, bearing no resemblance to the Midwest of the United States. And so it seemed fitting that we were traveling to another world in actuality.
In the following years we moved from amazing flights to the moon to the space shuttle program. I had returned ... more »
As a young boy, I still remember my father taking me into our backyard and showing me the wonders of the night sky. I read his paperback science fiction books and went to sleep many nights with visions of exotic alien planets swimming through my mind. It stayed with me. I have always been an advocate of exploration and developed a love for the earth sciences, graduating college with a BA Degree in Geography/Geomorphology. I have been an avid hiker traveling to many remote locations worldwide. I developed an adventure travel business in Sedona, Arizona offering backcountry treks. Back in ... more »
My name is Elijah B. Barner I am a 31 year old engineering technician for the largest electronic utility company on the east coast Electronic Technology Inc. The type of work I do involves research and development, proto-type assembly, automated testing equipment, electronic repair of Wheston House and General Electric network protective relays, trouble-shooting, programming, wiring, schematic diagram read, firmware updates, e-filing, electronic hardware modifications, upgrades and customers services. I have my associate degree in Applied Science in Electronic Computer Technology and I am currently persuing my Bachelors of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology with hopes of becoming a electronic ... more »
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 »