Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith
Dustin Smith 
Waterloo AL 35677 

E-mail:         dustins@airnet.net
Web page:   "The Heavens: Astronomy on the Net"   http://www.airnet.net/dustins/

Dustin's interests include astronomy, computers, internet, airplanes, space exploration, NASA, engineering of any kind.

AAS:   Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?

DS:     Just starting out,  right now I use a pair of 10X50mm binoculars.

AAS:   What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?

DS:     When I was 10 or so, I walked outside one winter night and just happened to look up, and saw the constellation Orion. From then on, I've been hooked.

AAS:   How about your family members; spouse? kids? significant other?

DS:    I live with my parents (I'm 14, 15 in July), both know nothing about astronomy. Also, I have a 16 year old sister, she thinks astronomy is pointless. Isn't that sad? *grin*

AAS:   Can you tell us a little about your formal education?

DS:   I'm currently in 9th grade at Central High School, and have a 3.86 GPA.

AAS:   Do you have any pets?

DS:    Yes. Two Boxer Bulldogs, and 4 cats of mixed breed.

AAS:   Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?

DS:     Student. I plan to attend Auburn University in the fall of 2001 and major in Aerospace Engineering. I would like to work in the private aerospace industry.

AAS:   What are your other hobbies?

DS:     I enjoy working with model airplanes (radio control), and studying about space/astronomy.

AAS:   What was your first or favorite car?

DS:     I don't have a car yet (I do, however, have an awesome bike! *grin*). My favorite car is the Mitsubishi 3000GT.

AAS:   Tell us about your favorite vacation.

DS:     Just the usual...trips to the beach and Disney World every few years. Pretty fun, none the less.

AAS:   Have you ever lived in some other part of the country or another country?

DS:      No. I look forward to moving to Auburn in 2001, however.

I enjoy anything that involves science and math. Everything about those subjects always seem to make sense to me, I guess that's why I excel in them. My
career goal is to be an engineer, preferibly in the aerospace/aeronautical field. After I get a job after college, I would like to invest in a small
personal aircraft, so I can get away from reality on the weekends. But I still have 3 1/2 years of high school left, no reason to grow up fast, eh?