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!
My career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began in 1976, and I enjoyed forty years there as my work evolved from technology development to proposing and then planning new missions at JPL. Once a mission plan was approved, my job was completed and I could move on to another proposal or to another mission. It always thrills me to hear about an accomplishment of some project that I helped to start.
When I looked in libraries for good books that describe JPL, I found that there were just a few offerings in the communities near JPL, and often there was nothing ... more »
I did something very exciting recently. I arranged to launch the original manuscript of my new young adult science fiction space novel, The Orb, the Link & the Library, into outer space. I did this with the help of one of our extraordinary commercial spaceflight service companies and then had it returned to Earth for publication (publishing on August 8, 2018). The thrill in doing this was so my young adult readers, as they hold a book whose original manuscript actually flew into space, might better experience the excitement of going there when they become absorbed by the story that ... more »