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 was born in November of 1986. 1986 was a very significant year for all astronauts, space enthusiasts and Americans in general.
January 28, 1991, WPLG News Channel 10 in Miami was airing footage of the Challenger disaster to commemorate the fifth anniversary of one of the worst events in American...global space travel. I was four years old. I watched the shuttle launch and, 73 seconds later, it happened. I was fascinated. I immediately turned to my parents and said "I want to be an astronaut when I grow up." That dream has not died. I know that career in NASA ... more »
The dream (and tragedy) of local educator Christa McAuliffe was my awaking to the world of real space travel, with all of it's elements. I watched as a young child in school as the Challenger was – and then was no longer. I mourned with my classmates like everyone else, but then realized her dream was still alive! Her desire to educate and inspire STILL exists today, and is ever stronger.
Soon after, I began my quest to understand science, space and human ingenuity. I absorbed what I could find, which as a poor Boston kid in the 80's was limited. ... more »
I was a member of The Planetary Society a number of decades ago when I was in my twenties. I've rejoined, with a family membership, because my daughter, Alana Dunlap, is currently a student at Rockingham Community College. She is a member of the college’s science club and plans to graduate with an Associate of Science Degree. Alana would like to further her education at a four year school. Ultimately, she would like to become an environmental scientist.