My Space Story

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Jul 042011
Craig in front of Atlantis

Craig with Atlantis at Launch Pad 39-A, the day before STS-132 (2010)

Since I’m going to be writing several posts about my upcoming participation in a NASA tweetup during the final Space Shuttle launch later this week, I thought I would provide a little background on why I love all things space.

The Early Years

I can’t pinpoint exactly when I became interested in space, but the first memory I have of something space-related occurred in 1985, when I was six or seven years old and lived just outside of New York City.  My father was overseeing the opening of a new site for his employer in Roanoke, Va., a wonderful city to which we would eventually move and in which I would live for 18 years.  For several months before we moved, my father commuted to Roanoke during the week, and returned to New York each weekend.  To remind my sister and me that he was thinking of us during his travels, my father always came back each week with a toy or souvenir that he bought for us.  (I’m not sure if my mother got a gift every week, but one of the weeks he brought her back a diamond, so I think it averaged out.) Continue reading »

Jul 012011

So now I have a blog. Here’s why it took so long…

Treasures on the Internet
(Very fancy header graphic I created in 1994)

I made my first webpage in 1994, to accompany a workshop I led at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education‘s annual conference to demonstrate the diversity of content on the nascent World Wide Web.  Not long after, I created a personal homepage and added a few more links.   I started to imagine the site as a way to share my experiences and perspectives on all sorts of subjects.  Perhaps I would provide a review of a new restaurant I enjoyed.  Perhaps I would wax philosophical on the issues of the day.  Perhaps I would share a list of all the movies I’d seen, or all the places I’d visited.

I quickly restrained myself.  After all, who would be interested in reading my streams of consciousness online?  At the time, the idea that other people would care to follow my every thought and move seemed ridiculous.  Apparently, I was ahead of my time. Continue reading »