Kevin Kilkenny is a the New York City Fire Department, stationed in Brooklyn, New York. He has been looking toward the sky since he was eight years old after checking a sky watching book out of the school's library. Since then, his interest in the sky and space exploration has never waned. Kevin was glued to the TV that summer day in 1969 when Apollo 11 made their historic landing. His favorite mission though was Apollo 12 where Conrad and Bean made a pin point landing to explore and find Surveyor 3! From there he turned toward the unmanned missions as they went deeper and deeper into the Solar System. Even though he only took his first look through a telescope in 1985 he quickly absorbed everything available on the topic.
Needing even more information Kevin joined a number of Astronomical Societies in the NY/NJ area culminating with membership in the NJ Astronomical Assn./Buzz Aldrin Science Center. He was elected President of the NJAA from 1995-1999. Kevin taught six astronomy classes per year through the NJAA on behalf of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Adult Education Service from 1994 to present. The NJAA awarded him with an Honorary Life Membership in 2003. Back in Staten Island, where he resides with his wife and son, Kevin is often found volunteering his time assisting in star parties for the National Park Service in Gateway-Great Kills Park. Besides astronomy his hobbies are scale modeling of real space and sci-fi subjects both from kits and from scratch. Kevin is currently building a 1:24 scale Cassini craft and a 1:24 Deep Impact probe. He also practices the art of bonsai, where he maintains a collection of 30 bonsai trees.