Tucson’s Mission Garden

9 a.m. The alarm clock blares. Dirty, dusty shoes are pulled on. Later, sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses. It’s Saturday. On Saturdays and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers travel to the base of “A” Mountain to pull weeds and pick the ripest of fruits and vegetables at the Mission Garden. “We’ve developed gardens trying to honor all of the cultures that … Continue reading Tucson’s Mission Garden

National Geographic Festival 2018

As a child, I absolutely loved the National Geographic. From the television channel to the magazine, I wanted to work for National Geographic. It is actually the only thing that has matched my drive to work for NASA. This year, I am lucky enough to live near Washington D.C., which is where Nat Geo (short for National Geographic) is headquartered. I discovered the #NatGeoFest trending … Continue reading National Geographic Festival 2018

The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Giant. Majestic. Old. And, brown? Deep in the Sonoran Desert near Gila Bend, Arizona, the giant saguaro cactuses thrive. Or they once did. Driving along the 8-Interstate, visitors pass miles of saguaro forests, where these towering cactuses dominate the rocky and arid landscape. In past decades, the saguaro is a green stripe in the surrounding brown region. In spring of 2017, however, these cactuses were … Continue reading The Downfall of a Southwestern Icon?

Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime

In early March 2017 rain spattered across the Sonoran Desert. At Tumamoc Hill near Tucson, Arizona, seedlings and flowers sprung up atop the hillside research center. A week after the rains temperatures reached mid-90 degrees Fahrenheit for several days. The seedlings and flowers atop Tumamoc Hill sweltered and died in the heat. During that time, the region experienced little rain. “It looked like it was … Continue reading Water Effects on the Southwestern Springtime

My 3rd NASA Internship

I have finally finished my 3rd NASA internship! My experience working with the Hubble Space Telescope has been an absolute dream come true. A year ago at this time of the year, I was preparing to move to Houston to complete my first internship at Johnson Space Center (JSC). Now, I’m ending my third internship at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) working on the Hubble … Continue reading My 3rd NASA Internship

Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope

Story first featured on the University of Arizona Steward Observatory’s education program “Active Galactic Videos” here.  In June of 2004, the Nuttal Fire began along the southern rims of the Pinaleño Mountains in southern Arizona, sparked in two separate locations by lightning strikes. Over the course of a month, the fire burned nearly 30,000 acres and cost over $8 billion dollars.     “A pair of … Continue reading Fires, Lasers, Squirrels, and Telescopes: A Tour of the Large Binocular Telescope

Dendrochronology & Astronomy

Story first featured on the University of Arizona Steward Observatory’s education program “Active Galactic Videos” here. What is the link between the trees and the Sun? They are not anywhere close to one another — the Sun is 92 million miles away and trees grow here on Earth. Both are made out of the same basic materials fused by the universe. But the link between the … Continue reading Dendrochronology & Astronomy

Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope

Story first featured on the University of Arizona Steward Observatory’s education program “Active Galactic Videos” here.  Atop Mount Hopkins near Tucson, Arizona, stands the Multiple Mirror Telescope. At the time of its establishment in 1979, it was the third largest telescope in the world – even President Carter sent congratulations on its dedication. Since its construction, technology has significantly advanced and the MMT is no longer … Continue reading Rotating Telescopes & Collaboration: A Tour of the Multiple Mirror Telescope