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 Opportunity Mission (anticipated as a 90-day mission) has just shut down after 11 years of exploring (2008-2019) and over 26 miles on the surface of Mars, I present several of the interesting Opportunity images. Images courtesy NASA/JPL/Cal Tech/Cornell U and other space agencies. Thousands of images. All camera setups on the Opportunity are stereo pairs so as to capture left/right images. Front Haz Mat Cameras, Rear Haz Mat Cameras, Navigation Cameras, Panoramic Cameras, and the science/micro imaging cameras. Take time to look and have some fun.
1. Opportunity Rover- Space Agency artist conversion 2. Scenic Color Conversion ... more »
Like so many Americans, I've wandered aimlessly through life until recently (28 years), trying to find a way to be content. After seeing the night sky at one of McDonald Observatory's Star Parties, a passion woke inside me when I saw the night sky with my own eyes for the first time with a mind able to comprehend it. There's no longer a search for how to be happy, but a search for more knowledge, and for my place in this community. I look forward to this adventure and cooperating with you all for a better tomorrow.
In 1969, mankind visited another world for the first time. It was an amazing moment for humanity; the millennial dream of reaching the moon had come true. Certainly the impetus behind the Apollo project was not only the conquest of new horizons but also a desire for national prestige. The Moon was the final goal of a space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, America won that race, but for the people Apollo 11 became the herald of a new phase of the space age that would have led man to overcome the boundaries of one's planet. ... more »