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by Wes A.
May 20, 2013 | 0 comments
As a kid, my parents were very adamant that I should read and not rot my precious meat computer in front of the TV watching music videos and playing video games. As a gift to help encourage that, my parents gave me paperback copy of the novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope. I've dreamed of piloting a space craft, meeting alien races, exploring the secrets of the space, and traveling the Universe ever since.... more »
by Silvio Casagrande
May 20, 2013 | 0 comments
Good Day! A couple of days ago I gave a presentation to remember Yuri Gagarin's first manned Space Flight a the school of my kids. In the presentation for the 7 to 11 years old I received a lot of interesting questions (my toughest audience ever ;-) and one I'm not able to answer or know how to find a response. I found this: http://www.universetoday.com/42198/how-many-satellites-in-space/ and keep this one in My Favourite Links: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/09281400-whats-up-october-2012.html But is there any good number? Rockets launched that the payload reached orbit? Satellites outside Earth orbit? Military versus Scientific versus Commercial? Manned versus unmanned? Thanks ... more »
by Thomas P. Busemeyer
May 20, 2013 | 1 comments
At age 18 in 1950 I purchased my first telescope--a 4" aperature Edmund Scientific reflector. What absolute joy it brought to my eyes!
Some years later I viewed beautiful Saturn through a star party member's 8 inch homemade reflector. I was struck enlightened (if not dumb). I later purchased a Goto Mfg. Co. 60 mm refractor ---a true jewel which set me to start a log book of observed items which I still keep up using my Meade ETX 125 in my home built 8'-0" diameter domed observatory.
Having gotten a BS in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (1958) my senior ... more »
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