Hello world (and universe)! I'm a journalist from who writes about and whatever else is trending that day.

I'm a full-time staff writer at Space.com and freelance for numerous other publications. I also teach communications at the post-secondary level.

My favourite stories cover , and other ways to make our universe a little bit more inclusive. Here's an example:
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In my spare time I enjoy and learning .

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The is about to host one giant leap in artificial intelligence (). A machine learning system will make its way to the moon's surface onboard the United Arab Emirates that launched with Dec. 11.

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A memory shared today for the Day of Remembrance: The day before the launch disaster, senior NASA official James Beggs made an urgent phone call to the agency's chief engineer after seeing icicles on the launch tower.

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Canada just lifted a big barrier for launches to from the nation's soil. The government has given a green light to request orbital launch licenses in Canada, clearing a in rural Nova Scotia to not only apply to host its first suborbital mission in 2023, but to strive for a test orbital launch in 2024.

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A launched by may have left a brief "spiral" visible over Hawaii after it sent a Global Positioning () into space for the U.S. Space Force on Wednesday.

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You want homefries with those photos?

The rocket livened up the breakfast hour on Wednesday (Jan. 18) with the flawless launch of an advanced satellite to orbit.

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A physics student and 'aurora chaser' got a special treat after reserving a cabin in Iceland: A storm surge of green shimmering in the sky just overhead.

space.com/iceland-green-aurora

Just ahead of Santa's normal delivery schedule, NASA's mission made a special shipment on : the first sample return dropoff for the backup depot area.

Read more about this chalk-sized piece of Red Planet history.

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The last view of from from NASA's with ... a quote from the movie that came to mind after I rewatched the film for the billionth time this weekend.

Congrats to everyone involved in the successful splashdown!

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In one of the most incredible livestreams I've ever seen in ~20 years of reporting, the spacecraft captured the and the from deep space, beyond the equivalent distance of in 1970.

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I'm still not over this video launch pad view of from the POV ... lifting off in the darkness, colorful clouds billowing beneath the huge rocket as it flies to . On to the !

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Any people or fans on here? :)

About 22 years after the incredible episode I finally worked in a timely reference in one of my stories. (Long live Eric and Troy!)

There's even a joke. (Not mine.)

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I dunno what people are watching this weekend ... but I'm sure checking in on the casually flying on to the .

Yes, you can track the in real time! And the creatives here on can download the data for or other purposes. :)

I've summarized some of what you can do with the tracking data here: space.com/artemis-1-orion-trac

is going to produce a lot of science not only about the , but , and even a little bit of help for people living on .

I recently wrote about 10 passengers and payloads, some flying on the spacecraft for purposes and others carrying a wide variety of in right now.

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Two weeks ago, Canadian Dave Williams and I released our latest : "Why Am I Taller? What Happens to an Astronaut’s Body in Space."

It's a fun romp through and with a literal space doctor (that would be Dave; I'm a space journalist.) I'd love to see our book appear in more , so do make a request at your local! Or, if you want a copy, do support your local bookstore. :)

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I got to write about a *literal* flying saucer for work yesterday. space.com/nasa-inflatable-flyi

Will bring us to ? It's early stage technology but the hope is it will allow for much, much larger payloads than or , perhaps even including human missions.

Thanks for the warm welcome in the past day, folks! So many interesting people here!

Shorter version of my (which is pinned to my profile): I'm a journalist from . So far on , I'm focusing on tooting/boosting pretty pictures I'm finding here!

I'm lucky to have a full-time job at Space.com. I also freelance space/science articles, teach communications, science and , and have hobbies (when I can spare the time.)

For those learning Mastodon alongside me, think about all the hard things you've figured out in the past few years. Since 30 I've learned how to , code (a little), do , follow U.K. ancient and , and somewhat understand the dynasties on . :) I didn't even start driving until I was over 25! Good luck!

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