Sunday, July 2, 2017

Aspiring Astronaut Aaron Shepard from America

Since the Apollo era, 12 people have walked on the moon, however none of them were people of color. As a child Aaron Shepard dreamed of becoming an astronaut, voyaging across outer space, and becoming the first African American to set foot on a world beyond the Earth.

Aaron graduated with honors from Claflin University with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. After working in the medical industry for a few years he decided to follow his passion for developing innovative technology. He enrolled at Clemson University to pursue a graduate degree in electrical engineering.

As a student Aaron conducts NASA funded research on robots modeled after elephant trucks and octopus arms. His work focuses on finding novel ways to use those robots to help astronauts accomplish various tasks in outer space. He hopes to develop technology for space exploration and one day have the opportunity to use that technology as an astronaut himself.

Although some of Aaron’s dreams are truly out of this world, there are plenty of goals that he would like to accomplish here on planet Earth. Aaron is a dynamic and charismatic speaker who is passionate about giving back to his community. He works as a tutor and mentor for the PEER & WISE program at Clemson which helps underrepresented students studying STEM subjects. In addition through public outreach and various workshops Aaron hopes to:
-Break the stereotypes of sciences being too boring/ difficult and show that with that work of scientists and engineers can be fun.
-Encourage more students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, to pursue careers in engineering sciences and mathematics.
-Help cultivate the next generation of technically savvy and culturally competent engineers and scientists.
In his free time Aaron enjoys running, video games, building drones and 3D printers, Latin dancing with his wife, and being lazy with his dog. As Aaron pursues his dreams he wants to ensure that others have the confidence and skills to pursue theirs!

You can also check out his website in this site https://spacecadetshep.com/

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Aspiring Astronaut Jonathan Head from America!

Hello, my name is Jonathan Head, Im a junior in Highschool, I am 18 years old and I am from St.Marys Ohio. Which happens to be the town right next to where Neil Armstrong was raised. I have dreamed to be an astronaut since I was 8 or 9 years old, telling my dad that one day I will go to the Moon. But that changed about two years ago, when I got the sudden urge to be the first man to set foot on Mars. 

In Highschool I have a GPA of 2.9, and a B average for my 3 years in Highschool. 

I had since developed a plan, to get to Mars by the 2030s. My plan will start by me graduating Highschool and getting at least 23s on the A.C.T tests. I will also join the US Navy after Highschool, with the 23s on my ACT. I will then be able to get a $180,000 scholarship to Ohio State University, from the US Navy. With almost free college from the Navy, I will serve a total of eight years on active duty. My first four years, I will get a bachelors degree in Physical Science. The next four years, I will get a bachelors degree in Computer Science. While in the US Navy I will also join the NROTC to further education and become a Pilot in Command, where I will be able to get my 1000+ hours of piloting a jet aircraft. 

After eight years, I will then apply to NASA through the US Navy. That's where the training will comence. In my free time, I will attempt to go to every NASA facility in the US. I have also been correcting my vision naturally, by eating healthy. I figured I get myself noticed by going on Twitter and start my follower base now. 

Going to Mars isn't a race, whoever gets there first, made an achievement for all of man kind. If I am not the first, I will still be satisfied with what I have by then. I hope and wish everyone good luck, to all who wish to do the same as me. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Aspiring Astronaut Dustin Mullings from America!

Read his wonderful story below:

My name is Dustin.  I'm not sure if this qualifies or even close but I am currently a physics associates major on a transfer program that will take me Florida Institute of Technology where I plan to major in Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Astrobiology. I am a bit of a late bloomer when it comes to school and finally found my passion for Astronomy and the space industry in general. I would always obsessively watch the science channel, NAT Geo, or anything that covered the cosmos or space related materials. I realized I loved astronomy, the cosmos, and science in general. So, early 2016 I put in for a pell grant, and have been in school full time ever since. 

I've felt fortunate and grateful to be able to go back to school. I do not intend to squander my opportunities. I come from a not so ideal background. There was a lot of addiction in my background and a lot of overcoming trials. I don't know why I felt compelled to reply to this but I thought that maybe there are other people out there that hit their mid 30's without direction, and decided to pursue a career in S.T.E.M., decided that they were good enough to contribute to science, and live an amazing and productive life. I will be over 40 years old by the time I finish school.  I may end up at an observatory, a lab, or Mars if Elon Musk has his way. Wherever I end up working I intend to apply for Astronaut school. If I get in, great, if not, that's great too, because I'll be doing something that I love. Thank you.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Aspiring Astronaut Fauna from America

Hello, people call me Fauna. I am a 16 year old High School student from America. I first became interested in outer space at a young age, I have always loved looking up at the stars and wondering what is out there. My interest started to peak in Middle School and my pursuit for knowledge about the cosmos and my love for astronomy and astrobiology made me make up my mind right away about my future career. I wanted to be an astronaut. As a child I always fantasized about being among the stars, exploring the final frontier, but I never thought I would ever try hard to pursue this career.

I love science, specifically Biology, and when I learned of experiments on the ISS involving growing plants and seeing how life forms reacted to the space environment intrigued me. I wanted to do exactly what they were doing. I wanted to go to space but keep the aspects of Biology that I had always loved. I have researched a lot since then on the job subject.

I want to become an astronaut more than anything, it's my dream job. But I also have doubts when it comes to it. People laugh when I tell them what I want as a career saying it's impossible, or people don't believe me when I say I am into astronomy, and astrobiology because of the way I look (colored hair, piercings, clothing style etc.). I'm also not the smartest person in the world, but I am trying hard to learn more every day. Even if I have doubts I need to push forward to achieve my greatest dreams, I just need to keep telling myself that I can do it, I WILL get into space. You just need to believe and work hard enough and you can achieve anything.

Right now I am in search of space/astronomy courses or classes to take, and even possible scholarships. NASA and other space camps or courses are something I would love to do too!

Engineer Darrin Taylor Inspiration

Engineer Darrin Taylor is an engineer who has always liked space and looking at the stars but is not an astronaut or astronomer. He is also the founder of Outer Space Colonization which is dedicated to the goal of the colonizing outer space for human civilization.
You can view his website on this link http://www.outerspacecolonization.com/
Find out more about his inspiration on his work by reading along.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Partnership with Landsend Astronomers, Bonded by the Stars!

     Even though the Cosmic Wonderer just started our last March, I am more than delighted to announce that we already formed a partnership with Landsend Astronomers!

     Our partnership is bonded by the stars simply because we share the same goal of promoting astronomy. The Landsend Astronomers are a not-for-personal-profit unincorporated association that is providing astronomy services in the far West of Cornwall and across the UK and the best part, they are currently going through the process of becoming a small charity. Isn’t this amazing? That a nonprofit organization is working towards the advancement of education in astronomy and space sciences without asking for money in return! They are the perfect epitome of what an organization in the name of the stars standby which is, sharing the night sky to everyone.

     You could benefit from our partnership with the Landsend Astronomers because we share the same vision that is – to share the grandeur of the night sky to everyone. Remember, we only have one sky and it is for all of us to enjoy and partake in.

    You can visit the website of Landsend Astronomers in this link http://landsendastronomers.weebly.com/

     Thank you and to the stars!  

Motto of our Organization

     Quite recently, we decided to change our cover picture and replace it with the image of the Milky Way with contract to the previous one showing the four Very Large Telescopes at the Paranal Observatory. To not cause any stir about it, I will provide an explanation about it.

     I know that before I even announced the existence of the organization I’ve started, I’ve already laid down the mission and vision statements alongside with it. However, as days went by, I realized that I forgot a very significant thing that will sum up everything that I’ve wanted my organization to achieve. It is no other than a motto. Other people might view having a motto as insubstantial or unnecessary, but in my opinion, this is essential for people to remember us easier and more effectively.

     The motto of The Cosmic Wonderer is as follows:

     “Helping teens reach for their stars by filling the cosmos of their stories.”

    
     I decided to use the milky way as the header because all along, we belong here - the milky way - the cosmic road. And all of our stories will be witnessed by the stars that belonged here.