Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Amateur image of dark spot, now thought to be the result of an impact.
Astronomy is second to none among hobbies where amateurs regularly make discoveries. If you get an 8 - 12 inch telescope, live in a fairly good location, and perhaps build you own enclosure... all you need then is a CCD, computer, and lots of time and hard work to discover your own comet, asteroid, or supernova. It would be great if rocketry did a bit more innovating and less copying. The hobby is moving into some really new areas when it comes to composites, and also doing really well with miniaturization and electronics, but perhaps we could do more to expand into lost cost space exploration as well?