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!
As an avid science fiction reader in high school, I bemoaned the fact that I was too late for discoveries on new lands on Earth and too early for discovery on the planets. Then came President Kennedy’s goal to place men on the Moon. The space age was suddenly here.
In 1969 I was a 29-year-old Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. At that time, I had completed coursework for my Ph.D.—and lacked only the defense of my dissertation and certification in a second foreign language. My dissertation subject was the Geology of the Agrippa Region of the Moon, ... more »
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 »