We are dads, moms, grandparents, teachers, kids, scientists, engineers, and space geeks. We are those who reach out into the Universe to seek answers to those deep questions: Where did we come from, and are we alone?
We are wowed and awed by the discovery of new things, the mysteries of science, the innovations of technology, the bravery of astronauts, and by the stunning images sent back to us from other worlds.
We know that space exploration is vital to humankind...and it is just plain fun!
On my 70th birthday, July 3, 2019, I found myself in Ithaca, NY. It's been maybe 20 or 25 years since I was last there, visiting Cornell and environs, where I received my BA degree in 1971. Carl Sagan was on the faculty during my undergraduate years, but I don’t think I knew of him, nor do I think I ever met him. As a freshman, I was a physics major with a goal of particle physics or astrophysics but that was to change.
I always had an interest in space, with my first memories watching failed Vanguard launches and successful ... more »
The history of space exploration has been accelerating ever since Galileo developed his first telescope, pointed it toward the stars some four centuries ago, and published his findings in a small book titled Sidereus Nuncius, "The Starry Messenger”. Since then, new and ever-improving technology was invented, and enormously creative astronomers, astrophysicists and space scientists have learned and made exciting discoveries about our vast surroundings and the extraordinary place in which we live—space. While some devote important time to observe, learn, discover and understand those things in our comfort zone—the air we breathe here on Earth, the water we drink, the ... more »