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Written by Astro1 on January 30th, 2012

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    Rick Boozer commented

    How can I become a Citizens in Space candidate for a spaceflight? I give astronomy and spaceflight related presentations to the public that have proved to be quite popular in my region of the country. I have given such presentations at community groups, astronomy organizations, and schools. I have donated equipment and scientific instruments to various schools relating to these subjects. I have written popular articles for Yahoo! News Service on the advantages of commercial space efforts. My activities in these areas have been written up in local newspapers and magazines. I have a Master of Astronomy in astrophysics, am currently working towards my PhD in astrophysics and was formerly a software engineer specializing in creating and developing scientific and industrial engineering related computer applications.

    Please check out my Astro Maven blog and my science education website Singularity Scientific to get an idea of my special qualifications.

    February 2, 2012 at 9:02 am
      admin commented

      Rick, spaceflight candidates will be selected from individuals who are involved in citizen-science projects. You can create your own project or get involved in one of ours. Details still TBD. Watch this site.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:45 am
    Monica Bermudez commented

    I am interested in becoming a citizen in space. I have been a teacher for 28 years.I have just become a National Board Certified Teacher.Science and math are my favorite subjects to teach my kindergarteners. Of course I excell in teaching reading too.
    I remember the flight of Kristie McKauliff and discussing it with my class.
    I am launching into the second part of my life. I have five children who are all going to be in college or beyond next year and I am single now too.Four out of five of my children went to college on full sports scholarships. I am a very organized and outgoing person and I fill my extra time running, going to the gym and I have a personal trainer. I run five days a week or more and I run half marathon’s. I will run my first full marathon in June. I love adventure and trying new experiences. At lunch the other day I said, “I think I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. An astronaut!” Another teacher said, ” I think you need to be a little crazy to be an astronaut though.” The entire table laughed and pointed my direction and said, “HELLO!” So any information you can give me to start me in the direction of becoming a citizen in space would be appreciated. Thank you.

    February 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm
      admin commented


      We’re working that out right now. Expect to see some details in the near future. The first step will probably be to become involved in one of our citizen-science projects.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:43 am
    Travis Wheatley commented

    Just came across your website yesterday and am extremely excited about the entire citizen centric space and science concept. I firmly believe that one of the major contributing factors to America’s role in the world community is our culture of innovation and the role of the citizenry as the engine that fuels that innovation.

    I currently work for a space technology company as a software engineer developing flight software for satellites. I would be absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to be a citizen in space. It is my understanding that citizens in space candidates will be selected from those involved in your citizen science projects. So… how do I become involved?

    In my current capacity as a software engineer for a space technology company I can suggest several nano-satellite swarm related data gathering experiments. How does one go about submitting experiment suggestions for your consideration?

    I would be equally as interested in becoming involved as a contributor to the development of experiments that might already be underway.

    Travis Wheatley
    Husband, Father, Engineer, Boy Scout Leader, Dabbler in various arcane arts, and proud American.

    September 21, 2012 at 9:22 am
      admin commented

      Travis, please read the Call For Experiments on this site.

      We are looking for experiment prototypes, not just experiment suggestions. So, figure out what you want to build and get to work. Don’t forget to submit a notice of intent. That way, we can let you know if six other people are doing the same thing and you might want to try something else. We are also working on putting together a workshop for experiment builders. Details will be available in a few weeks.

      September 21, 2012 at 10:15 am
    Steven Howarth commented

    NOE,s Near Earth Objects Shock Wave Deflection
    .NEOs Deflections
    Research shock wave deflection using the gravitational field of the object to assist the deflection of any object, using an energy shock wave this allows a much larger coverage of an object over 40% and the objects need to deflected, and not head on . The object needs to deflected from the side at an intercepted side on, The detonation needs to be calculated from a distance from were the gravitational field of the object is first detected this will allow a ripple affect along the gravitational field in some cases two detonations maybe be required depending on mass and velocity, , along with the shock wave this would be enough to push the object onto another path, hitting to directly is not the answer, we need to detonation at a calculated distance from the object and at a distance between the moon an mars, a number of platforms would be required at this distance in a orbit this would allow an interception point to cover all objects .
    I would like to have a large number of people from Astro Physics and related fields to be apart of this study.With all other theory’s that have been throne around eg land rockets on these objects when the object is rotating, and tracker beams. We need to look at what we have know, not what is available in 50 years or more.
    I look forward to your feedback and discussions

    January 13, 2013 at 1:13 am
      binary9 commented

      Please re-read your post and re-post with proper sentence structure and spelling so that we can understand what thoughts you are trying to convey. High energy impact science, high energy weapons science, and rocket engineers are the sources you should be queuing. Astrophysicists (notice the correct conjugation), though they do study large and small body interactions gravitationally, tend more to the study the particle physics of the cosmos. A large body of work has been done by the weapons science community in regards to deflection of NEOs. Surprising as it may sound, nuclear weapons experts have the most viable and computationally (simulation physics) sound techniques at this time.

      February 12, 2013 at 11:21 am