A Rain Forest in the Desert?! Explore the Science at Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona

One of the most unique places in Tucson, Arizona, is the Biosphere 2. The Biosphere 2 is located to the north of Tucson, about 35 miles (or nearly an hour) from downtown. It’s one of the spots that nearly every Tucsonan has visited and recommends to anyone who comes to town. It’s operated and funded primarily by the University of Arizona, my alma matter, along … Continue reading A Rain Forest in the Desert?! Explore the Science at Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona

Four Days of Science: I Attended NASA’s Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop in Galveston, Texas

Every year in January, NASA’s Human Research Program hosts its Investigator’s Workshop (or IWS for short). It’s a fascinating time filled with technical presentations and inter-mingling of cultures. The Human Research Program does essentially what you’d expect: it’s a NASA program that studies how the human body reacts to living in space. It’s quite a large (but unknown) program that studies everything from how fluids … Continue reading Four Days of Science: I Attended NASA’s Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop in Galveston, Texas

Top 5 Things To Do in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas is one of my favorite places in America! I love it so much that I moved back here after graduation, and I want to share one of my favorite cities with my fellow bloggers and web searchers! Here are a ~few~ things that I think is exceptionally fun in Houston, Texas! 1) Immerse yourself in history at Space Center Houston and NASA Johnson … Continue reading Top 5 Things To Do in Houston, Texas

A blooming treat in the desert

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service This year’s superbloom in southern Arizona was a bright and colorful sight that will soon be fading into the glare of summer. With rains late in the winter season and cooler temperatures continuing through the winter, wildflowers thrived throughout the region from March to April.   “We’ve had more flowers this year than in many years past,” said Andy Fisher, the … Continue reading A blooming treat in the desert

‘Shooting stars’ and the quest to collect meteorites

Story originally published on the Arizona Sonora News Service Imagine being flown out into the middle of the Russian wilderness by helicopter. The helicopter drops you off with rations and supplies to last you a few weeks, which you’ll carry around with you. There is no Wi-Fi, no television, no bathing except in the frigid river water – and no civilization in sight. You won’t … Continue reading ‘Shooting stars’ and the quest to collect meteorites

“Where Nature and Astronomy Meet” Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

My work at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory took me on an unexpected trip to Mount Wilson, California. Mt. Wilson is a 100+ year old observatory about 35 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest. It’s a beautiful 1.5 hour drive and there are also hikes that lead visitors through the observatory. Mt. Wilson is often overlooked by travelers hoping … Continue reading “Where Nature and Astronomy Meet” Mt. Wilson Observatory, California

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona

Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona By Emmalee Mauldin Located down in the depths of the Gerard P. Kuiper Space Sciences Building on campus at the University of Arizona lies a laboratory for an extraterrestrial sample not even acquired yet. The University of Arizona is the proud manager of the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, which will be utilizing these labs in a few years. … Continue reading Asteroid Sample Return at the University of Arizona