Joseph A. W. Fitzgerald

Joesph Fitzgerald, a junior at San Francisco State University, sees journalism as a calling and a necessary service.

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Protecting Tucson’s Dark Skies to Snag an Asteroid

An important astronomy project to reach an asteroid depends in part on the dark night skies that are a result of cooperation between science and industry in Tucson.

The Wackiness of Spacefest V

Spacefest is an annual convention celebrating all things, well, space. Its third year in Tucson, Ariz., there were astronauts, intricate spaceship models, neato meteorite jewelry, and plenty of nerds. Nerds, by the way, are awesome. Without further ado, here’s a peek at the convention.

Even Vulcans Have Passion for Stars at Space Fest

Where Institute reporter Joe Fitzgerald meets a Trekkie who helped NASA research health conditions for manned missions to Mars.

Hopeful Fans of Space Debate Its Future

The annual Space Fest V conference met Memorial Day weekend in Tucson, Ariz., to celebrate human space flight and its future. However, some at the conference were disillusioned with NASA’s budget cuts and shorter-term goals.

“Howdy, Pardner,” from the Institute’s Cowpokes

Sleep deprived and deep into editing our copy, the cowpokes of the Tucson, Ariz. based New York Times Student Journalism Institute say “Howdy, pardner” in two quick Vines

Saturn and Cocktails Are a Wonderful Mix

Reporter Joe Fitzgerald, rum and Coke in hand, sees another planet with his own eyes for the very first time.

The Moon in Technicolor, From Someone Who Knows

An astronaut who walked on the moon has turned to paint and canvas to convey the depth of the moon’s colors.

Arielle Dollinger

When Arielle Dollinger was 13, her dad dissuaded her from becoming a lawyer. Now as a journalist, she hopes to cover “really ordinary things that people don’t normally think are beautiful.”

Sheriff Releases Photos of ’11 Tucson Shooting

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has released nearly 600 photos from the 2011 mass shooting that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The photos included the Glock 19 that the gunman, Jared Loughner, used to kill six people and wound 13 others, as well as the bloodied pavement outside the Safeway.

Midtown Raid Involves More Than 50 Officers

More than 50 officers from agencies across Pima County and more than 30 vehicles, including an armored car, swooped into a former auto wrecking yard during an FBI-led raid in the Julia Keen section of Tucson on Thursday morning. Authorities would not say if any arrests were made.