Neil Armstrong talks to Congress

On September 22, 2011, Neil Armstrong testified to Congress and said it was an embarrassment that the United States didn’t have a way to send humans into space.

For my entire life, the United States has had a space craft and was actively launching it.  I don’t have any memories of the end of the Apollo program but I vividly remembering reading about the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs as a kid.  I watched the first Space Shuttle launch on TV and watched the last one.  I have heard Kennedy’s famous moon landing speech countless time and it still gives me goose bumps.  I realize there are bigger problems in this country than NASA’s budget but space is the final frontier and inspires so many things.  I also remember the Challenge and Columbia tragedies.  Space travel is risky but some risks are worth taking.  Some prices are worth paying.

Ok, off my soap box.  Smile

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What is astronomy to me?

Merriam-Webster defines astronomy as “the study of objects and matter outside the earth’s atmosphere and of their physical and chemical properties”.

At this point in my interest in astronomy and what I think most people who look up at the sky are interested in, the first part of the definition is the most relevant.  I want to look at the night sky and wonder what is up there.  I want to use a telescope to see what is up there in more detail.  I want to take pictures of the night sky to remember what I saw.

What I hope to do with this website is make it easier for others who share this desire to be amazed by the night sky as I was when I was a kid growing up on a farm 20 years ago when the sky was pitch black and stars were everywhere.


Blogging at ML2 Solutions

I am working through my website setup task list so I am mainly posting on my other blog at ML2 Solutions.  ML2 Solutions is the entity behind Clear Sky Tonight and I want to post my experiences setting up both websites and other related topics.  Once that is done, I will be back working on and posting here.  So, check it out if you are interested.

Web Site Launch

After much work, the web site is finally finished.  It is a good first attempt and getting something online that fits the design vision I was hoping for but also something we can grow this.  The next step is to start blogging regularly.  I will probably start posting information about the process to get this site and our other website online at ML2 Solutions.  Once I am done with that, I will turn my attention back to astronomy.

Other Website

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