Watching the early space program as a youth ignited John McLaren's passion for space and flying. Growing up near Chicago, he was able to take classes at the Adler Planetarium. He worked to buy a 6-inch telescope in grade school, learned to fly in high school, and became an aerospace engineer. Over the years John has been able to teach pilots to fly in small two seat airplanes and in jet simulators, while bringing home a bigger telescope from time to time.
John enjoys seeing and photographing the universe. He also enjoys public outreach star parties where he has been able to give people perhaps their first close up view of the Moon, a planet, or a galaxy. Sharing knowledge is fun.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Normandy Park Star Party City Hall Park
Origin of the Moon Eastside Astronomical Society
Green River Natural Resource Area Star Party Green River Natural Resource Aren
Solar Dynamics and Space Weather Federal Way Public Schools Support Services Center
The Juno Mission Boeing Employees Astronomical Society
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
Covington Community Park Star Party Covington Community Park