I’ll begin with the disclaimer that I am not a scientist, nor do I work for NASA. But I have always been fascinated by space and planets and all that exists outside of our little blue world. I’m a graphic designer by trade but have always loved anything about space. I especially enjoy the photographs of exotic locations around our solar system that robotic orbiters, rovers and satellite observatories have been able to provide. They are our modern pioneers, capturing stunning images of alien locations in unprecedented detail, showcasing the amazing variations of scenery found on the little points of light we see in our night sky.
Several years ago (over six, now!) I came across an application called “Riding With Robots”. This was a connection to a site built by Bill Dunford, a photographer and fellow space enthusiast. There he would post daily photos featuring the latest images from the robotic missions around our solar system, along with a brief description and links to further reading, and a comments section for the readers. I really enjoyed his site and looked forward to new posts, as they gave me an outlet for my far-reaching imagination while sitting at my desk and offered a daily perspective on our universe most people rarely get.
When the RwR site suddenly had a post about Bill’s “signing off”, due to personal reasons, I was devastated (but he has since re-opened his site!) It was like a door to the outside was being shut and locked. It wasn’t an hour later that I decided to try to continue the theme myself, on a new site, and after contacting Bill and getting his blessing and some of his resource info, Lights in the Dark was soon up and running.
And the rest, as they say, is history. (Well, astronomy.)
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As always, keep looking up!
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