Interning with the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center I am so lucky to have finished my fourth NASA internship! This post is a little delayed as I was finishing up my internship, finishing summer school courses, moving back across the country from Washington D.C. to Tucson, AZ, and then started school shortly after. But, it was all such a whirlwind experience … Continue reading I Finished My 4th NASA Internship!
Look up. Into the sky; into the stars. There is a vast universe out there, and thousands of astronomers throughout this planet are dedicated to discovering its secrets. Tucson, Arizona is home to some of the most advancing astronomical technologies and highest visited astronomy viewing sites in the world. Many Tucsonans and travelers have visited local observatories, such as Kitt Peak and Mount Lemmon, and … Continue reading Are Your Lights On?
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
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
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?
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
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
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