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Looking Up: Ingenuity Takes Flight

Dean and Anna continue their coverage and discussion of the Mars Perseverance Rover's exciting mission discussing its latest success: flight on another planets atmosphere! They offer their impressions of the Ingenuity Helicopter's first flight last month, the challenges of accomplishing such a feat, and what to expect moving forward.

They also talk with former NASA Astronaut and retired US Air Force Colonel, Terry Virts (@astroterry) as he has just launched his foray into the new final frontier: podcasting. Terry shares some of the exciting topics and guests coming up in the his new podcast Down To Earth's launch episodes... and was also nice enough to share some amazing stories about the experience of living on the International Space Station and the challenges gravity imposes upon returning to Earth.

Dean Regas is the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory and a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.
Anna Hehman is the Director of Development for the Cincinnati Observatory. Her official duties include ensuring the financial security of the Observatory and securing support for its outreach programs as well as exploring relationships with potential funders. Anna also has a Marketing background and manages the Observatory's social media, where she resists the urge to post adorable animal videos on the O's social media accounts with almost 100% success.