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YOLO Teens Talk Light Pollution

Youth Organization for Lights Out (YOLO) is a STEM civic action program created to empower high school youth to advocate within their community about a single environmental issue: light pollution.

The program began in a biology class at World Language High School located in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood. It has evolved into an afterschool program in partnership with Adler Planetarium’s Teen Programs that also includes a classroom component.

Students from the biology class at World Language High School. This was their first showcase in 2016.

Students in YOLO are environmental activists in their community and are committed to teaching the next generation so they too can be empowered.

As part of the program, YOLO takes students out of the city of Chicago and into the darkness of the Indiana Dunes for a night field trip to collect data on darkness lYOevels. Many students have not left Chicago and this is their first time seeing many stars in the night sky.

I recently sat down with some of our students and had a conversation with them about why they’re involved with the program and what they have to say about being light pollution advocates. Here’s what they had to say!

Q: Why did you decide to take part in the YOLO program?

Miguel
Joined Fall 2016

“In freshman year I wasn’t aware of the negative effects [light pollution has on] animals and people. But when I was informed, I wanted to make others aware too.”

Jasmin
Joined Fall 2017

“I decided to take part in the YOLO program to learn new things about Earth, our planets, and the atmosphere.”

And she has! YOLO students make a lot of connections with each other and the leadership they work with. They’ve also learned how to properly use telescopes!

YOLO students getting telescopes ready for solar viewing at World Language High School during report card pick up.

Q: Out of the events you’ve been working on this year, which one has been your favorite and why?

Rose
Joined 2016

“My favorite event was Earthfest because I got the chance to inform people about light pollution.”

YOLO has been an active participant in the Adler’s annual Earthfest since 2016. The students get the chance to speak with Adler guests—including interacting with guests who only speak Spanish. (All YOLO students are bilingual in English and Spanish.) YOLO member Giovanni also enjoys Earthfest. He loves interacting with people and informing them how we can work together to improve our Earth.

At this year’s Earthfest, students presented two games they created that taught guests about light pollution. Kahoot! is an online game-based platform that allows for fun learning. The students created a version of Kahoot! with light pollution information. They also created Match, a card game with images and words for younger kids to learn about light pollution!

YOLO teens at this year’s Earthfest playing Kahoot! with guests.

Q: What is the one thing you’d tell someone who has no idea what light pollution is?

Jennifer
Joined Spring 2017

“To someone who’s unaware of what light pollution causes and what it is, I’d start off with the most basic facts. Light pollution is when there’s an excessive amount of light being used and it’s also the reason why you can’t see the stars at night. I would also go further on and explain the effects of light pollution in our health and the environment. I would explain how the shielding and the type of light plays a huge role on light pollution.”

Q: If you had no barriers to change something that is affected by light pollution what would that change be?

Michelle
Joined Spring 2017

“I’d target the research field. I remember hearing from a speaker who has made fighting light pollution her life mission. She mentioned her annoyance with corruption within light pollution studies and being keen on what studies to trust and which not to. This was a moment that left me feeling deeply unsettled and bothered to this day. I’d change this so that all studies must not be influenced by outside forces.”


The next stop for YOLO teens is on Friday, May 24, at La Villita Park for Una Noche Bajo Las Estrella (A Night Under the Stars). From 8:00-10:00 pm, YOLO students will join teens from other Adler teen programs to facilitate a night sky observing event. Guests are invited to #LookUp through telescopes, learn about light pollution in Chicago, observe how street lighting affects our cities, and more. We hope to see you there!

YOLO teens at Earthfest 2017. They spoke about the Loss of the Night app. Anybody can contribute to this world-wide citizen science project by looking for stars.

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YOLO Teens Talk Light Pollution

Rosalía Lugo

Youth Organization for Lights Out (YOLO) is a STEM civic action program created to empower high school youth to advocate within their community about a single environmental issue: light pollution.

The program began in a biology class at World Language High School located in Chicago’s South Lawndale neighborhood. It has evolved into an afterschool program in partnership with Adler Planetarium’s Teen Programs that also includes a classroom component.

Students from the biology class at World Language High School. This was their first showcase in 2016.

Students in YOLO are environmental activists in their community and are committed to teaching the next generation so they too can be empowered.

As part of the program, YOLO takes students out of the city of Chicago and into the darkness of the Indiana Dunes for a night field trip to collect data on darkness lYOevels. Many students have not left Chicago and this is their first time seeing many stars in the night sky.

I recently sat down with some of our students and had a conversation with them about why they’re involved with the program and what they have to say about being light pollution advocates. Here’s what they had to say!

Q: Why did you decide to take part in the YOLO program?

Miguel
Joined Fall 2016

“In freshman year I wasn’t aware of the negative effects [light pollution has on] animals and people. But when I was informed, I wanted to make others aware too.”

Jasmin
Joined Fall 2017

“I decided to take part in the YOLO program to learn new things about Earth, our planets, and the atmosphere.”

And she has! YOLO students make a lot of connections with each other and the leadership they work with. They’ve also learned how to properly use telescopes!

YOLO students getting telescopes ready for solar viewing at World Language High School during report card pick up.

Q: Out of the events you’ve been working on this year, which one has been your favorite and why?

Rose
Joined 2016

“My favorite event was Earthfest because I got the chance to inform people about light pollution.”

YOLO has been an active participant in the Adler’s annual Earthfest since 2016. The students get the chance to speak with Adler guests—including interacting with guests who only speak Spanish. (All YOLO students are bilingual in English and Spanish.) YOLO member Giovanni also enjoys Earthfest. He loves interacting with people and informing them how we can work together to improve our Earth.

At this year’s Earthfest, students presented two games they created that taught guests about light pollution. Kahoot! is an online game-based platform that allows for fun learning. The students created a version of Kahoot! with light pollution information. They also created Match, a card game with images and words for younger kids to learn about light pollution!

YOLO teens at this year’s Earthfest playing Kahoot! with guests.

Q: What is the one thing you’d tell someone who has no idea what light pollution is?

Jennifer
Joined Spring 2017

“To someone who’s unaware of what light pollution causes and what it is, I’d start off with the most basic facts. Light pollution is when there’s an excessive amount of light being used and it’s also the reason why you can’t see the stars at night. I would also go further on and explain the effects of light pollution in our health and the environment. I would explain how the shielding and the type of light plays a huge role on light pollution.”

Q: If you had no barriers to change something that is affected by light pollution what would that change be?

Michelle
Joined Spring 2017

“I’d target the research field. I remember hearing from a speaker who has made fighting light pollution her life mission. She mentioned her annoyance with corruption within light pollution studies and being keen on what studies to trust and which not to. This was a moment that left me feeling deeply unsettled and bothered to this day. I’d change this so that all studies must not be influenced by outside forces.”


The next stop for YOLO teens is on Friday, May 24, at La Villita Park for Una Noche Bajo Las Estrella (A Night Under the Stars). From 8:00-10:00 pm, YOLO students will join teens from other Adler teen programs to facilitate a night sky observing event. Guests are invited to #LookUp through telescopes, learn about light pollution in Chicago, observe how street lighting affects our cities, and more. We hope to see you there!

YOLO teens at Earthfest 2017. They spoke about the Loss of the Night app. Anybody can contribute to this world-wide citizen science project by looking for stars.

The First Planetarium in Space

By Jesus Garcia (Electronics Design System Engineer and Educator) and Dr. Geza Gyuk (Astronomer).

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Adler sent its first mission to space! This ambitious project was a collaboration between students, scientists, and volunteers from around Chicagoland.

Last spring, students from the ITW David Speer Academy, a public four-year charter high school in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago, worked with Far Horizons Systems Engineer and Educator Jesus Garcia, to develop concepts for the Adler’s first “ThinSat.” ThinSats, the brainchild of nanosatellite pioneer Prof. Bob Twiggs, are very tiny satellites (think the size of a slice of bread), that are launched into space in an extremely low Earth orbit (ELEO)—only a couple of hundred kilometers up. At that low altitude, there is still enough drag that the satellite will come down to Earth in only a week. But in that week, a ThinSat will travel millions of miles around the Earth and experience the hard vacuum and high radiation of outer space.

Jennifer Sanchez and Jesus Garcia preparing equipment for a high-altitude balloon launch.

This collaboration between the Speer Academy and the Adler aims to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Working alongside professional engineers and scientists over a period of twenty weeks, the students acquired the necessary skill-sets in electronic hardware, soldering, programming, and data analysis to aid in the development of the Adler’s first ThinSat. The team of students and Garcia settled on an ambitious goal of measuring the changing colors of light as seen by a satellite in orbit as it passes over different regions of the Earth. With these measurements, students will learn how to recognize different features of land and water just by studying the wavelengths of light they reflect—a crucial first step on the way to identifying similar features on the surfaces of exoplanets.

Not only did the interns develop their technical skills, but they also practiced science communication, presenting their work to the public in the Space Visualization Lab at the Adler Planetarium and to a large audience at ITW Headquarters.

Building on the concepts developed by the ITW Speer students, Adler’s Far Horizons team of engineers, scientists, and volunteers assembled a multiband photometer that will measure the brightness of the Earth in six different colors. A very similar device is being designed by students in the Adler’s NITELite program to measure the light coming from different types of streetlights in the Chicagoland area.

ITW Speer Academy Interns Fatima Guerra, Sergio Gomez, Jennifer Sanchez, (right to left), learn about the future NITESat mission from Ken Walczak.

The Adler’s first mission to space, launched along with 83 other ThinSats from around the nation as a secondary payload on Northrop Grumman’s Antares 110 launch vehicle. 

The Antares launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, as an International Space Station resupply mission. The ThinSats were attached to the 2nd stage of the rocket, which is purposely left in an ELEO so that it will burn up quickly. Once the main payload was safely on its way to the ISS, the ThinSats were deployed and spent a week flying independently.

Far Horizons is the Adler’s own space exploration program. Its mission has always been to bring real space exploration down to Earth and into the hands of students, volunteers, and the public. A particular strength of Far Horizons has been our ability to engage teens from diverse backgrounds. For more than a decade, we’ve designed and built experiments with participants and sent them to the edge of space aboard high-altitude balloons. Now, with ThinSats, we’ve finally made our long-awaited jump into space!

Chicago's Black Women in Steam Blog Series | Dr. Jessica Esquivel

Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM Series: Meet Jessica

Bianca Anderson

“Chicago’s Black Women in STEAM” is a series on The Adler ’Scope that highlights the awesome women of Chicago who are doing amazing things in science, technology, engineering, art, and math fields here in our own community. Meet women of varying ages, backgrounds, and interests and learn their unique stories.


Jessica Nicole Esquivel
Particle Physicist, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Fermilab

Dr. Jessica Esquivel

What first sparked your interest in physics?

When I was 11 my mom and aunts took the family to NASA in Houston. While there, we took the VIP tour and got to see firsthand the astrophysicists at work. Needless to say, I was completely bored—not one person yelled, “Houston we have a problem!” There were no computer screens of astronauts floating in space, no aliens, or spaceships blowing up! My mom was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t impressed, but she knew I had a knack for math and science, so she continued to foster that interest.

As an 8th grader, my mom and aunts persuaded me to apply for a STEM camp meant for high-schoolers. I applied and was accepted. This was the first time that I was doing basic physics problems dealing with Newton’s laws. Looking back, those problems were easy, but for an 8th grader I struggled with them, and I think that’s why I thought it was so intriguing. I had to work at these problems to crack the code—it didn’t come easy to me. Not to mention I could then predict what would happen to a ball I threw up in the air, that was pretty cool! Once I got to college and took my first college-level course, I knew that physics was what I wanted to study. I learned about quantum superposition and *Schrodinger’s cat. It blew my mind, and as they say, the rest is history!

*Schrodinger’s cat: a thought experiment that presents the scenario of a hypothetical cat that is simultaneously both dead and alive, a state known as quantum superposition.

You are one of about 150 Black women (IN HISTORY) to obtain their PhD in Physics, and the second Black female to receive a PhD in Physics from Syracuse University. What was it like to be among the first to achieve such a task? What were some of the obstacles you faced in being a minority in Physics?

That number is still so jarring to me. I found out that there were only about 150 black women with a PhD in physics while in graduate school. I was on the verge of quitting. I was having such a hard time keeping up with my studies and just belonging. I was the only black, Latina, and lesbian in my classes. I stood out like a sore thumb, and I felt isolated. I also didn’t feel a sense of belonging at the university or city level. The micro-aggressions I encountered, not only in the classroom but going to the mall or getting groceries, were so exhausting!

Coming from Texas where it is always sunny, to a place that is grey most of the year was a lot. I spent most nights staying up (struggling) to do my homework and calling both my wife (then girlfriend) and mom just crying because I couldn’t figure it out while my peers were working as a group to complete assignments. Imposter syndrome set in hard! I knew my peers were working as a group to do the homework assignments. I didn’t feel smart enough to join them, and I was scared I was going to be found out as a fraud. I was there as a fellow which meant I didn’t have to TA for my stipend and I feared my peers were going to think I was a “diversity quota” if I started studying with them and they found out I wasn’t smart. I knew I was good at research, I had done internships during undergrad in particle physics, working on the MicroBooNE collaboration, and optical radiation physics, working as a Software Development Analyst for Northrop Grumman, but I was struggling. I had failed my qualifying exam and was on the verge of quitting.

It was then that the head of my STEM fellowship told me about the number of black women with PhDs in physics. I was shaken. I had no idea that there were so few of us. It was eye-opening to learn and for some reason that gave me the fuel I needed to finish my courses. I also was lucky to have an amazing advisor who believed I could be a physicist, Mitch Soderberg, and two mentors, Duncan Brown and Jedidah Isler who were committed to my success. I’m close to a year into my postdoc and still can’t believe that I’m a Dr.

Can you tell us more about the work you did in graduate school—what exactly are neutrinos?!

Oh, neutrinos are so interesting and fun! They are subatomic particles which means they’re much smaller than atoms. Neutrinos also don’t interact much with their surroundings and that’s what makes them so difficult to study, and also so darn interesting! About 100 trillion pass through our bodies every second unperturbed, so we need massive detectors and a very large neutrino source to see one of them in action. Neutrinos have been coined ghost particles because of their ghostly properties and neutrino physicists are ghost hunters! I’ve been working on getting that last one to stick, no luck as of yet.  

During my graduate research, I used really innovative machine learning techniques, similar to those used in Facebook’s facial recognition software, to detect interesting neutrino collisions. The experiment I worked on, MicroBooNE, is built to be able to take really high-resolution snapshots of what happens when a neutrino collides with an atom in our detector. I simulated large amounts of these neutrino collision images and used these to train a computer to recognize different types of neutrino interactions. By using machine learning, I was able to probe interesting interactions of low energy neutrinos, something that hadn’t been possible before.

In the past, you have described physics and outreach as having a symbiotic relationship for you. Can you expand on that for us?

I have been interested in physics outreach for as long as I’ve been interested in physics! To me, they go hand in hand. The importance of community outreach and inspiring the public to understand the benefits of science was instilled early on in my scientific career. I began doing physics outreach as a sophomore in college organizing “Fiesta Physics”—a festival that was hosted by the physics department every semester that invited under-represented minorities from surrounding elementary schools to the university to learn and interact with a multitude of science experiments.

To me, community outreach has two major benefits: to promote scientific literacy and the importance of physics research, and to foster a curiosity and passion for physics. One of the many barriers I’ve encountered in my decades worth of outreach experience is the lack of trust society has towards physicists. This in part has to do with the lack of diversity in physics. There have been many instances in history where scientists have used a biased view of science as a tool of oppression, racism, and sexism. By including a more diverse cross-section of the population in physics studies, the public interest and trust in physics and physicists will increase as well.

That’s why I believe community outreach and increasing diversity in physics are symbiotic. By focusing efforts on outreach, especially to underrepresented minorities, you foster excitement in physics that leads to a future of diverse physicists that can then better encompass the interests of society as a whole, which in turn makes community outreach more accessible to a diverse population.             

In what ways do you feel STEAM can be made more accessible to minorities?

I think a lot of times organizations view equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) as buzz words. They use these in recruiting pamphlets and during recruitment events. They then talk about how that organization can benefit from a more diverse workforce, essentially cashing in on the diversity hire. While to a certain extent, I do agree that organizations will thrive with a more diverse workforce due to the difference in experience and the ways in which we all think, we not only have to focus efforts on recruitment but also retention, and to do the latter, there needs to be a cultural shift at the organizational level. I only applied to postdoc positions at Fermilab specifically because of this reason. Being at Fermilab for 3 years as a graduate student I got to see firsthand that their ED&I efforts weren’t just surface level.

Not only is Fermilab actively working towards a more equitable and diverse workforce, but they also are working tirelessly to make sure the culture at the lab is an inclusive one. An example of this are the signs in conference rooms discussing best practices when it comes to working collaboratively like allowing everyone to voice opinions, to not be aggressive or dismissive towards peers and to share the space. Another example of inclusiveness hangs in Fermilab’s Atrium. There are an array of country flags hanging in the atrium to show how many countries Fermilab collaborates with and hanging there among those flags is also a Pride Flag. As a lesbian, seeing Fermilab make such a visible and intentional stand for LGBTQIA+ physicists, technicians, and engineers at the lab is just another way of fostering an inclusive work environment.

What advice would you give to young girls of color who are interested in pursuing careers in STEAM?

Be stubborn! There will be so many people telling you that you don’t belong, you’re not smart enough, you can’t hack it, but all of that is noise, try and tune it out! I’m not special or a genius, I have a passion for physics and don’t like when people try to tell me what I can’t do. If I can do it, so can anyone! There’s this sense that only wicked smart people can hack it into STEAM or that there’s a STEAM gene people are born with. I think that’s crazy talk! You learn as you go, and I think the most important thing to remember is that you are not your failures. That was a hard pill for me to swallow and something I’m still working through but the scientific process is built on failing! We have a theory, we test it, and a lot of the times that theory is wrong. That doesn’t mean you aren’t smart or you shouldn’t continue testing other theories! Scientific exploration would come to a screeching halt if at every failed theory a scientist would quit.

Where do you hope to be professionally in ten years?

I’m not sure! I’m always going back and forth about whether to stay in academia or go into industry. I really enjoyed using machine learning in my graduate work and I think that I would have a lot of fun using these tools as a data scientist. The draw of new physics is also really really compelling! The only constant I know for sure is that wherever I land, I need to have an outlet to do STEM outreach. If that means that I need to build that infrastructure from scratch then so be it because, for me, physics isn’t physics without outreach.

Just for fun, tell us your favorite mind-blowing fact or “a-ha!” moment you encountered during your research and work as a Fermilab Postdoctoral Research Associate.

I’m still relatively new on the Muon g-2 collaboration so I’m inundated with “a-ha” moments literally every day! One thought that really stood out to me was when I attended the U.S. Particle Accelerator School a couple of months ago (yes school! we never stop learning!). It was here that I started being able to picture the physics that happens before particles even reach a detector! Being able to imagine a particle beam like a living breathing organism, and the amount of work, skill, and engineering it takes to wrangle the beam to do what we want— it’s fascinating! Being apart of a precision experiment like Muon g-2 where we need to understand all the intricacies at play is really very difficult and exciting. We need to be able to make a measurement at 140 parts per million precision which is like around 7,000 puzzles with each puzzle being 1,000 pieces and only having 1 missing piece! That level of precision is mind-blowing in and of itself and that’s not even talking about the awesome potential new physics we are probing!

Adler Staff Share What Inspires Them

It’s Astronomy Day! On such a day we could seize the opportunity to talk about what it feels like to look up through a telescope or how our collections experts preserve centuries-old astrolabes or the latest updates on our Adler teen-led underwater meteorite hunt… but as I watch the people around me do what they do every day the question that pops into my mind is, “Why?” What inspires each of us to be a part of this amazing community? And what road brought us here in the first place?

I started asking my fellow colleagues some of these questions and here’s a handful of their responses!

“Picture a 14-year old kid in a small industrial town in Portugal a few decades ago, watching in awe the episode of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos dedicated to the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler. If you had told the kid that one day he would be overseeing a world-class museum collection that includes a book signed by Kepler himself, and sharing the stories of this and many other historic items with the world, he would likely have said: ‘yeah, sure…’. Well, here’s the kid now (or a grown-up and aging version of him) doing precisely that every day at the Adler Planetarium!”
–Dr. Pedro Raposo, Curator

“In 5th grade, our school librarian pulled me aside and said he thought I’d find a book on Saturn interesting. I read it and before the end of 6th grade I’d read every book in the astronomy section of the library! That’s how I got hooked.”
–Steve Burkland, Manager of Theaters & Digital Technology

“Like many little kids, I loved the subjects of space, rocks, and dinosaurs. And as an astronomer specializing in asteroids, I can combine all those interests and make them my job!”
–Dr. Mark Hammergren, Astronomer

“I think it was Einstein’s theory of special relativity. I probably had to memorize a version of it at some point as a kid, but I never really understood what it meant until I was in graduate school—for creative writing. I was reading Brian Greene’s book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, in a coffee shop when it finally sank in: Space and time were just two ways of looking at one enormously weird thing, our thing, the placetime where we live and read and drink coffee. It melted my brain in the best way, and I made a conscious decision to rearrange my life so I could learn more about physics and astronomy and shout what I learned to anyone who would listen.”
–Aubrey Henretty, Senior Writer

“I knew zero about space when I took this job (not like zero as in Will Ferrell, ‘my favorite planet is the Sun’ type zero), but my knowledge was VERY limited. So, I decided to take on the biggest challenge of my career: learning a new subject matter. As such, I can honestly say that over the course of the last four years, I’ve literally learned something new every day. Thank you to my colleagues for being so nice and being such great teachers! Space is indeed freaking awesome!”
–Erin Wilson, Director of Marketing

“When I first got into history and the museum world, I realized that I didn’t have access to the world-class collections and museums that many city dwellers often take for granted. In my current role, I get to help bring the amazing collections of the Adler to people across the world no matter where they are all while encouraging the same people to stop and look up. Our historical collections really show that humanity has made looking up at the sky an endearing endeavor and I’m proud to get to show that history in a place that continues to inspire people to look up. As our founder Max Adler said best, we get to show that we all ‘constitute part of one Universe and that, under the great celestial firmament, there is no division or cleavage but rather interdependence and unity.’ We are all one and we are all under one sky.”
–Jessica BrodeFrank, Digital Collections Access Manager

“My first love was physics. I was amazed to learn that we can describe how the Universe works with equations, everything from the motion of planets down to the motion of subatomic particles. Now I apply my knowledge of physics to study our very own Sun!”
–Dr. Maria Weber, Astronomer

“I loved Greek and Roman mythology and knew many of the stories by heart. One day in high school, my friend started telling me about different constellations and I was like, ‘I KNOW THESE STORIES!’ I got even more excited that you can still find many of these constellations today. A whole soap opera of Greek deities and their weird relationships happening ABOVE MY HEAD!”
–Reheynah “Rey” Maktoufi, Visiting Researcher

Responses were edited for length and clarity.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson on the ISS

‘American Space Ninja’ to be honored at WISS

Jonathan Russell

On May 16, 2019, in partnership with the Adler Planetarium Women’s Board, the Adler will host its annual Women in Space Science Award Celebration (WISS). This event honors women who make significant contributions to space science and pave the way for future generations in STEM. The Adler is proud to recognize former NASA chief astronaut Peggy A. Whitson, PhD, as the 2019 Women in Space Science Award recipient.

Dr. Peggy Whitson | 2019 Honoree at the Adler Planetarium's Women in Space Science Award Celebration
NASA chief astronaut Peggy A. Whitson, PhD

Dr. Whitson currently holds the U.S. space-endurance record with a total of 665 days in space. Throughout her career, she performed hundreds of experiments and completed ten spacewalks, more than any other woman in the history of space exploration. In 2007, Dr. Whitson became the first woman to command the International Space Station. Still our planet’s greatest achievement of international cooperation, the ISS has been continuously inhabited since 2000, making it some of the most crucial research in space science possible. Under Dr. Whitson’s command, crew members aboard ISS Expedition 51 searched for extremophile bacteria aboard the space station, measured the charges of cosmic rays, and studied the way foods react when freeze-dried in orbit.

If her many records and accomplishments weren’t enough to merit cooperation, we might look no further than the testimony of Dr. Whitson’s fellow astronauts. Former crewmate Randy Bresnik has described her as an “American Space Ninja.” Thomas Presquet of the European Space Agency has called her “the most hardworking and strong-willing person I’ve ever met.”

Dr. Whitson will join us in May for a keynote address and a conversation with Dr. Michelle Larson, the Adler’s president and CEO. Our entire community is excited to welcome her!


Header photo: Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA

First Image of a Black Hole - Event Horizon Team

Webcomic: “That Black Hole Picture” 101

Reyhaneh (Rey) Maktoufi

The following is a webcomic created by Adler Visiting Researcher, Reheynah (Rey) Maktoufi! In this comic, learn about the recent black hole picture that was taken by the Event Horizon Telescope team.

Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey
Webcomic: "That Black Hole Picture" 101 by the Cosmic Rey

Special thanks to Dr. Geza Gyuk, Michelle Nichols, Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase, Steve Burkland, and Orilla Fetro.

Header Image: Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. Photo credit: Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration

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