For the past few weeks, I’ve been working with MyMoon as part of their Street Team. MyMoon is a website designed to promote the importance of the Moon, from art to science to human exploration. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the team and am looking forward to celebrating and discussing the Moon on the website.
So far, I have a couple of blog posts up on MyMoon (here and here). There are also a great number of other interesting posts on the blog. Besides the blog, MyMoon also has occasional video webcasts, such as one by Dr. Brent Garry on Lunar Volcanism on April 18. Overall, the website is not just a source of content, but a community. You can contribute and discuss with others about Lunar science and exploration, and the role of the Moon in society in general.
The Moon occupies a special place in my life. Growing up, I would dream of working on space missions that would eventually reach the Moon. I voraciously read through everything I could find about the Apollo missions and the astronauts’ first hand accounts of the glorious landscape there. When my family got our first telescope, the Moon was the easiest and first target. The Moon essentially represented everything that existed beyond, the unknown waiting to be explored.
Most importantly, though, it taught me to look up more, to care about the rest of the universe beyond the Earth. Once I started to care about the Moon, the rest of the Solar System began to become an easier target to focus on. I wanted to know about Mars, or strange and giant planets like Jupiter and Uranus. Other planets also had moons, I found out, stranger than our own, each with their own unique characteristics. Our moon was just one of the many fantastic places beyond our planet, and as I slowly began to comprehend the vastness of the universe, I realized that the Earth was just one of those places, a tiny portion of the entire, grander cosmos.
Now, as I study bigger and much further away things, like pulsars and galaxies, I still remember my first stepping stone into the universe. It is still every bit as glorious and even more interesting than in my own first explorations. There is a lot that the Moon can teach us about our own planet and the Solar System. And as my story relates, the Moon can serve as a huge source of inspiration and discovery. I hope by contributing to MyMoon, I can help spread my same wonder and excitement about the universe beyond the planet.