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Wishing a Happy Holidays!

Hello everyone! I hope your Christmas festivities have/are going well! I wanted to just share this post before I get too caught up with the holidays and my upcoming CES trip in January. Firstly, I want to wish everyone a happy holidays! Secondly, I want to express how thankful I am to have the support of each one of you. Whether you were a supporter of my content on YouTube for the few years or if you are an aerospace enthusiast, thank you for being here.

While Christmas is a season to give and receive and be with our loved ones, I want to say thank you for the ultimate gift I have received. It wasn't one I found underneath a tree, its one that I've been getting for a while now! It's YOUR support for my life goals. Thank you to each and every one of you who believe in me and keep encouraging me to do great things. I promise you that I will give it my all to accomplish the goals I have set for myself. It will be a long road for sure but I intend to stay on this road until I…

Why Rocket Science is Amazing (SpaceX Rocket Landing)

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First of all, I'd like to apologize for my hiatus. My last post was on August 1, 2015 and I was heading into a busy semester with my academics. The good news is I've made it through another semester at school and I inch closer and closer on finishing my degree. If you don't know, I'm studying Aerospace Engineering and Physics and I have less than 12 more courses left in both majors so I'm in the most academically challenging part of my two majors. Hence, my lack of YouTube videos on the PhoneDog channel this past quarter has been down to my real job of being a full-time student.

Though this is not the reason why I wanted to post back on here. I actually have reminders telling me to write something because I feel obligated to tell my story and future adventures with every one of you who want to hear it. Today is December 21st, 2015; and the reason I said that is I want you to remember this date. As you may of remembered, I was down at the Kennedy Space Center in Ju…

My near 'crash' experience

Last Saturday, I was flying a Cessna 172, a typical high-wing aircraft for VFR pilots. I was flying into an airport called 'M54', a small one asphalt local airport that's about 30 miles East of Nashville. It was a beautiful day too. Winds were calm and variable, no clouds in sight, etc. Perhaps the only downside was the temperature, a toasty 95 degrees.

As a pilot, I like to keep my skills sharp when I'm not flying family or friends. We do these repeated landings called 'Touch & Go's". It's literally coming in for a landing, touching down, then blast back off again into the sky. A fairly routine procedure for any pilot.

Now on my 11th touch and go, I just had my main gear (the two main wheels towards the center of the plane) touch down and I was slowly letting the nose gear come down to touch down. The second that tire touched the surface of the asphalt, I felt a sudden and violent rattle, then the whole cockpit starting shaking including the rudde…

Flying is the next best thing

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Yes, I know. The windshield is crazy dirty. It's tough to keep these things clean when, 1. You do not own the plane and 2. The only time you spend with the plane is usually spent in the air.

So perhaps you know or maybe you don't that I am a pilot. I mentioned it in my welcome post and you probably can see it in one of my twitter bios. Many people think its 'cool' and I do too. To be honest, I actually wanted to be a pilot when I was very young. I loved flying to places and I always picked the window seat closest to the wing because that's where all the cool noises and events took place. Though, the more I aged, the more I saw flying as a footstep rather than a dream. Plus, I would rather fly for fun than for work if you catch my drift.

So why do I do it? I do it because I look at flying as the next best thing to being in space. It's not only because of the flying part. It has to do with the mindset, the checklists, and the endless rules and regulations that c…

Welcome to my Blog

Hello everyone,

Chances are you know who I am. Most likely from my activities on YouTube on the popular channel PhoneDog. Some of you also may know that I'm a full time student. If you really do follow me, you probably know I'm a student studying Physics and Aerospace Engineering, plus I am a Pilot.

Now why in the world do you need to know about this? Well, look at the domain. AstroMarco.com. It's a foreshadowing of what I believe my future holds. I'm a space geek. I love all things aerospace (more specifically, astronautics). My dreams are greater than the bounds of this Earth and I wanted to find an outlet to share my daily experiences. I go to school everyday, I learn new things everyday, and I have a long road ahead of me in order to achieve my dreams of becoming an astronaut.

My primary goal is to share my experiences with everyone. I also want to advocate for people, young and old, to be interested in space travel again. I want to remove the word 'impossible&…