Hi, I'm MaryLiz.

I use art to connect human passion with the exploration of our Cosmos.

 

I travel the U.S. in a mobile observatory, spreading the wonder of the cosmos through creative outreach and my work at The Planetary Society. Follow my adventures via socal media and stay updated on highlighted projects below.

The Planetary Post

31 August 2018

  • music production
  • acting (a.k.a. being myself)
  • photography
  • video editing

Special thanks & credits:
Merc Boyan — creative direction and video editing Ryan Chylinski — high-quality video scenes

I hosted this month's episode of The Planetary Post. In it, I excitedly share my love for the rocket launches I've been so fortunate to see in the recent past with a special focus on The Parker Solar Probe, and an upcoming opportunity to view the LightSail 2 launch.

“Touch the Sun.”

12 August 2018

  • music production
  • photography
  • video editing

This video shows the Parker Solar Probe rocket launch as viewed through my telescope. I recorded the soundtrack live from the causeway, while awaiting the countdown.

The energy at NASA's Kennedy Space Center was electric. There was so much excitement and anticipation surrounding this mission to "touch the sun". By swooping through the corona, we will gain a better understanding of the complex physics that make up the solar wind and solar weather that affects everything in our solar system.

Learn more about the mission →

Parker Solar Probe on Planetary Radio

15 August 2018

  • audio editing
  • photography
  • video editing

A sneak preview of my first-ever Planetary Radio segment, featuring an interview with Nicky Fox and Betsy Congdon of the Parker Solar Probe team.

Special thanks & credits:
Ryan Chylinski — beginning scene photography
Jamie Groh & NASA — rocket launch audio

A few days prior to the Parker Solar Probe launch, I interviewed two members of the mission team: Nicky Fox, Parker Solar Probe project scientist at Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab and Becky Congdon, Lead Thermal Engineer on the Parker Solar Probe's Heat Shield, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. We discussed the science of the mission, the unique engineering required for such a daring little spacecraft, and explored the more human side of the mission: Why was this the first-ever NASA mission to be named after a living human being? What makes the humble, 91-year-old Eugene Parker so worthy? Find out by listening to the full segment on this episode of Planetary Radio:

Listen to the full episode →

How Can AI Assist Humans in Space Exploration?

7 & 10 August 2018

  • interviewing
  • copywriting
  • research & ideation

I wrote two articles for the Intel AI Academy challenge in which I discuss with NASA astronauts how AI could further assist them in the future of space exploration.

Special thanks & credits:
Alex Serpentini — copyediting

Robotic telepresence allows human to control robot from afar

During my time as a User Experience professional, I learned to never make any assumptions. If you’re trying to solve a problem, go to the source — conduct your research with the end user. So, when I was asked by Intel how Artificial Intelligence (AI) could assist humans in space exploration, I redirected the question to experienced NASA Astronauts Nicole Stott, Thomas Jones, and Story Musgrave. I documented a small percentage of our conversations in a two-part series, How Can AI Assist Humans in Space Exploration? NASA Astronauts Tell Us What They Think.

Part 1: Human Biology and Helpful Robots
Part 2: Intelligent Robots Can Help Us Colonize Mars and Worlds Beyond

Opening hearts, launching rockets.

7 August 2018

  • music production
  • photography
  • video editing

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch viewed from the vantage point of a telescope/smart phone. The soundtrack was composed live from the causeway.

Special thanks & credits:
Ryan Chylinski — first scene photography

This reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Merah Putih satellite into space on 7 August, 2018. Just 10 days later it will enter into its orbit, just a day before Indonesian Independence Day. "Merah Putih" is the description of the red and white colors on the Indonesian flag. It will provide improved telecommunications throughout Indonesia, India, and other areas of South and Southeast Asia.

Several members of Indonesian media were sent to Kennedy Space Center to cover this launch. Their excitement was contagious.

Learn more about the launch →

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