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David Dickinson
Worked at USAF
Attended CCAF
Lives in Tampa, Florida
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Primary Mirror Assembled for Hubble's Successor at the Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland: Our latest for +SkyandTelescope - 
NASA has assembled the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope, a big step on the way to the telescope’s October 2018 launch.
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Gee I hope they get the mirror right this time. 
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Our last Air BnB stay was something truly special... and just 10 miles down the road from our house the whole time. It's The Lions and Tigers of Spring Hill, Florida:
Rajah the Siberian Tiger up close and personal. (all photos by the author). Ever wonder what's in you very own back yard? We recently journeyed for months around Florida, bouncing from the Atlantic Space Coast back to the Gulf of Mexico side, only to discover that adventure was only ten miles ...
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A safari... in Florida? Here's a walk-about around our most recent Air BnB stay, the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in Spring Hill, Florida:
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Fighting forest fires, rescuing trapped miners and more... It's 10 Unexpected NASA Contributions to Everyday Life on www.listosaur.com -
NASA's primary goal is space exploration, but the agency has provided many unexpected benefits, in everything from medicine to search and rescue missions.
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Life in the AstroBlogosphere January 28th, 2016: Dragon Test, Remembering Challenger, Pale Red Dot and more: 
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Life extension, discovering aliens and more... It's 5 Incredible Scientific Advancements Possible in the Next 25 Years on www.listosaur.com -
Can humans live for hundreds of years? Will we discover extraterrestrial life? Some researchers think these discoveries will be made in the next 25 years.
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Retro post: Our July 23rd, 2010 book review of This Crooked Way; a guest post by Sabrina Fobes: 
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Remembering Columbia, An ISS EVA, Planetary Cataclysms and more... it's Life in the AstroBlogosphere for the Week of February 4th, 2016:
Remembering Columbia, an ISS EVA, Planetary Cataclysms and more
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OK, we've never seen it, either... here's our latest astro-challenge on +Universe Today - Hunting the Gegenschein. A true feat of visual athletics! 
Hunting the elusive counter glow known as the gegenschein takes sharp eyes, dark skies, persistence and patience. This weekend provides an excellent chance to check this one off your astronomical life list, as the Moon heads toward New phase. Here are our tips on sighting the gegenschein, along with facts, history and more.
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Want: a 1-metre scope for our evil lair-observatory... It's our recent adventures exploring the Largest Telescope in Florida at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach:
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Retro-Post: July 16th, 2010 - Our review of Voyager by Stephen J. Pyne. A chronicle of the ongoing third age of human exploration. 
Ours may be an age of discovery like no other. This week, we look at Voyager: Seeking Newer Worlds in the Third Great Age of Discovery, by Stephen J. Pyne, out July 26th, 2010 from Viking Press. This fascinating work delves into the Voyager series of spacecraft missions from a unique perspective ...
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Does the nearest star to our solar system Proxima Centauri host a planet? 2016 may be the year we find out. Here's our latest on the Pale Red Dot Campaign courtesy of +SkyandTelescope -
The Pale Red Dot Initiative has begun the search in earnest for exoplanets orbiting the nearest star to Earth besides the Sun.
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Free-lance science writer, backyard astronomer, science fiction author
Skills
astronomy, space, telescope making and observing, writing
Employment
  • USAF
    MSgt, 1986 - 2007
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Tampa, Florida
Story
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Science teacher, retired military (USAF) & optical athlete living the romantic & feral life of a free-lance science writer & wanna-be scifi author.
Introduction
Graduated 1986, Presque Isle High Maine  20+ year enlisted USAF, backyard astronomer.
Bragging rights
Published scifi poet, saw Pluto once in a 14" scope.
Education
  • CCAF
    Aircraft Armament, 1986 - 2002
  • WGU
    Earth Science teaching, 2007 - 2011
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