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Stuart Robbins
David McDonald
Initial Site & Subsequent Expansion
How to Cite

About the Site

Stuart Robbins - Current Site Author (1997-present)

Stuart is a postoctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Southwest Research Institute (also in Boulder), currently studying craters on the Moon and Mars. He received his B.S. in Spring 2005 in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University (in Ohio) where he also double-minored in Physics and Geology. He received his M.S. in Geophysics from CU Boulder in Spring 2008 and Ph.D. in Geophysics in Spring 2011. He contributed to the original site, and he has since been updating its information and design content. His personal website is here.

David McDonald - Original Site Co-Author (1997-1999)

David graduated from Denison College in Ohio, where he double-majored in Biology and Theater. He contributed to the original site.

Initial Site and Subsequent Expansion

This web site was originally constructed for the internet design competition ThinkQuest in the summer of 1997. It went on to win semi-finalist status (top 10% of the sites submitted). The coach for that year was Mrs. Joanne Hermann. A second site called "SPACE: Scientific Prospect of Astronomical and Cosmological Exploration" was submitted in the ThinkQuest competitions for 1998 and 1999, but did not win any awards. There were two coaches those years: Mrs. Joanne Hermann and Mrs. Susan Cioffolletti.

In the winter of 2002, Stuart combined the two sites, for SPACE was never very popular, but Journey Through the Galaxy (JTG) was. Also, the JTG site was much larger, and the SPACE site had many links to the JTG site, so it made sense to simply combine the two. The SPACE site was updated and expanded, along with JTG that winter; SPACE now makes up the much of the "Exploration" section of this JTG site.

In the summer of 2008, Stuart went through and - besides redesigning the site and making it more modern in appearance - updated all of the information and expanded and added several sections of the site, including the "Foundations of Astronomy," Exploration's "Ancient Times," the entire "Cosmos" section, and Exploration's "Observational Techniques."

How to Cite This Website

The current (as of Summer 2008) MLA style for citing websites is:

Author Last Name, Author First Name. "Page Title." Website Title. Year Written. Host Institution. Date Obtained/Downloaded. <Web URL>.

Note that all lines other than the first should be indented.

Under those rules, if you were to cite this particular page and you viewed it on November 12, 2008, then you would cite it as:

Robbins, Stuart. "About the Site." Journey Through the Galaxy. 2008. SJR Design. 12 Nov. 2008. <>.

Note that most URLs will be fairly long and may cause the lines to look very uneven, or the paragraph (if justified) have very large spaces. If that is the case, spaces can be placed after a backslash (/) to allow a more natural line wrap.