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Dan Geraci

Question from Planetary Society Chairman Dan Geraci:

What do you value most about being part of The Planetary Society?

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Reachable Space

by Sam Goldenberg

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Like most people, I was enthralled by the pictures of Neil Armstrong landing and walking on the moon. For most of the Apollo missions, I watched the landings and images of astronauts on the moon. I became a member of the Planetary Society when governments seemed to balk at the high costs involved. I value the Society because it is not simply a lobby group but is actively engaged in ... more »

Science Translators

by Marcelo M. Oliveira

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

I joined TPS invited by Steven Spielberg (how did he get my e-mail address?), because in his letter, he wrote about Carl Sagan role at TPS. I love The Planetary Report, and, more recently, Emily Lakdawalla's news posted at Facebook. Late Carl Sagan had, and Bill Nye and Emily Stewart have, the gift of translating Rocket Science to common people like me. And I am gratefull to The Planetary Society ... more »

Contributing to Our Legacy

by Derek Wilson

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

What I value most is the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the exploration of space, which I believe to be the ultimate legacy of our civilization and the best hope for the long term survival of our race. The times we live in will likely prevent most of us from ever becoming space explorers ourselves. However through our continuing political and financial support we can hopefully ensure that future generations ... more »

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Jim Bell

Question from Planetary Society President Jim Bell:

What do you imagine may await us as we venture beyond our Solar System and begin to explore exoplanets orbiting other stars?

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A human civilisation in space

by Ron Dickens

December 17, 2013 | 0 comments

One day the Earth will be too full of people. One day there may be another ice age with the cities of Europe and North America hundreds of feet under ice and those who are left fighting over whatever remains. One day there could be another mass extinction, as there have been mass extinctions in the past. One day we will be glad to have space to move into. I ... more »

Next Steps

by Kenneth A Thompson

December 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Establishing a permanent colony on the Moon should have followed immediately after Apollo 13. Never the less, visualize bases at both the North and South poles connected by tunnels along the Terminator. Just over the horizon, a ring of optical and radio telescopes creating our largest arrays. On this side of the horizon, a ring of communication dishes. All the material removed for the bases and tunnels having been used ... more »

A New Home

by Jill Price

December 14, 2013 | 0 comments

At some point, science begins to trump the superstitions that grip our young race. In some places and some minds it merely replaces what had previously given solace, in others it becomes a guiding passion. In most all, however, it is accepted as fact and not fiction. Science is no longer feared. As acceptance of new and exciting realities takes hold of a planet finally connected and able to share ... more »

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Question from Planetary Society Senior Editor Emily Lakdawalla:

Is there an image of Space that changed your life or your thinking?

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Moons like Marbles

by Gary Lazich

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

A black-light portrait of the Great Galaxy in Andromeda at the Adler Planetarium first afforded me a vision of the immensity of the cosmos as a child. Later, a view of Saturn through a small telescope led me to commit myself to a career in astronomy. The most life-changing image, though, came to me in 1979 as an Assistant at the Cernan Earth and Space Theater of Triton College in ... more »

Pillars of Creation

by john gale

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

I was about 14 when the Pillars of Creation photo was captured by the Hubble telescope. The first time I saw it was actually as a poster on the wall while visiting the Naval Observatory in DC. The image itself was stunning, until somebody told me that the pillars themselves were some five light-years tall. It takes five whole years for light to travel from the bottom of the dust ... more »

A picture that changed my view of the universe

by Ron Dickens

January 29, 2014 | 0 comments

It must have been spring in the southern hemisphere in 1956. I remember being pleased that the cold weather was ended for the time being, and to see the leaves growing on the deciduous trees in the church yard. I went to the library for the first time that I recall and browsed through the books. My grandparents had a lot of books, mostly about Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the ... more »

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