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. 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Fairy is Finally Circling Our Planet, Courtesy of the Philippines!

     European Space Agency's (ESA) Astronaut Tim Peake deployed the Philippine's first ever micro satellite - Diwata-1 - into orbit around Earth from the International Space Station, carrying with it the dream of the entire nation to be a space capable nation.

     Diwata-1 first made noise around the social media last month when it was launched aboard the Falcon 9 rocket into the International Space Station. However, it was only yesterday when it is finally deployed from the ISS to orbit around the Earth. The goal of the satellite is to monitor the areas devastated by climate change, thus potentially saving thousands of life. 

     Diwata means "Fairy" in English and is first constructed way back in 2014, under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is a joint collaboration between the University of the Philippines, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University.

      The launching and deployment of the Diwata-1 satellite paved way for the Philippines to establish a National Space Agency which will be the doorstep to permanent space program that would benefit the entire country. 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Astronaut Kerouac from USA

I first encountered an astronaut in 5th grade when I met Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and her inspiring story hooked me. Then I met Buzz Aldrin at a space festival. Both stories were incredible enough to make me wonder a bit more about space. Those two fateful encounters somehow made me realize something about space, and it was something I would never forget.
After that, in my 5th grade class, we were told to do a report on something we liked. I chose space. We were given containers with books and magazines on our subjects, and each were told to make a PowerPoint presentation on the information we got from our containers. We also collected some of it off of the internet. My presentation was the longest, and more likely than not, the most boring. But out of all that, I became convinced I wanted to be an Astronaut! Over the summer, I did a lot of research on space and the possibility of going to Mars. This research was a way to see how much I wanted to learn. It also had me a tad bit more interested in space than ever before. I was sure this would be temporary, but my “Space Odyssey” didn’t end in 5th grade.
In 6th grade I decided to not only inform myself about space, but also others. I decide to ask me teacher to see if I could teach, and do a lesson on space, and my idea was accepted. This prompted me to realize how  uninformed people were about space. It also showed me that I had acquired a lot of information over the years. Then, our teacher had us make a documentary on a sub-topic of space. My group and I chose space travel, and narrowed it down to one particular topic of space travel: Propulsion Systems. But we went even farther and narrowed it down to Franklin Chang-Diaz’s VASIMR (Variable SpecifIc Magnetoplasma Rocket), and decided to focus on it, and the information we had. This narrowing down of topics had a few meanings to it, one of which was that I had interested others in space by teaching them. It also meant that I found the best team, and that I would be a good leader. We were also told to get in contact with someone who might know more than we did. I contacted my friend, an engineering professor at SDSU, and got no more from him than we knew. We almost lost all hope.
I was determined to find someone though, and tried contacting NASA’s Phil Sumrall, a rocket scientist who had worked for 40 years at NASA and was working on NASA’s current program, the Orion Constellation Project. By the time NASA contacted me, Mr. Sumrall had taken the initiative to call me before NASA officially gave me his phone number. Him contacting me was something I felt was leading me in the right direction. His contact was also another fateful encounter and showed me that meeting renowned people was going to be necessary for my dream in the making. It also showed to others that I was capable of getting into contact with “big guns,” and ideally a completing my dream. A little while later, I recorded an interview with him over the phone, and constructed my documentary using his information and ours. After all of this, my astronaut dream was just getting bigger and better. But it didn’t end there, and for 2 years, my goal had absolutely no advancement, until Christmas 2012.
The next influence was directly from the heart of space exploration. On Christmas morning, I opened a package that contained a Space Camp shirt, a schedule departing from San Diego heading to Huntsville, Alabama. Space Camp is located in Huntsville, and it was also where Phil Sumrall worked, and where all of the rocket parts, plane parts, and other aeronautical vehicles were designed and tested. This was a dream come true, and it taught me that my dream should not be that, but be reality. At the end of Space Camp, Mr. Sumrall picked me up and granted me access to Redstone Arsenal, where he and Wernher von Braun worked. It was also there that my dream ended and became more than a dream, it became reality. I was also able to see that being an astronaut is a hard, demanding job, that takes a toll on your body.
My dream, which was without development for 2 years, became more than a 

goal, it became reality. The astronauts, the documentary, the lesson, all got the 

goal going. But Space Camp ended that. Space Camp not only helped me 

realize that going to Mars would be possible, it also interested me even more 

about Mars. Those fateful encounters changed my whole point of view on 

space. 

My plan: become an astronaut, no matter what. My newer plan: I will become 

not only an astronaut, but the first person on Mars. See you there!!