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!
I am a simple Social Studies teacher with a passion and optimism for eventual human space exploration and discovery. When I was young, I was interested in science fiction and future of mankind that included the discovery of other worlds and intelligent life beyond our planetary borders. As I have grown, that interest has evolved into a more enlightened appreciation for real science and the promise that it shows for the future. Although my field of study and my career will most likely never result in me being on the frontline of scientific discovery, I do hope that I can ... more »
Hi, I am Robert Francis Spurling and I have been fascinated by space ever since I was a little boy. I emersed myself in as much sci-fi stuff as I could. Spent hours watching STAR TREK and other cool sci-fi/fantasy Shows like Battle Star Galactica and Babylon 5. Wanted to learn to fly so I joined the United States, Air Force, where for the first time, went up in a Cessna Air Craft and almost lost my cookies. So much for Space Flight.
Three… Two… One… Liftoff! We have liftoff! We cheered. It was the summer of 2018 and I was at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama for a week of Space Camp. We had spent all morning in a flight simulation and, after a hearty lunch, had traipsed down to the “Launchpad” where we were to launch the model rockets we had constructed. The object was to launch and return the rocket while the egg placed in the nosecone, conveniently standing in for an astronaut, had to remain intact.
The rockets soared through the air the parachutes opening like ... more »