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Local Man Shares His Passion of Astronomy to Others

July 20, 2019 09:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It might have been the most famous step ever taken. It was at the same time a small step and a giant leap, and it forever changed the way we look at the night sky.

ABC 6 news reporter Dan Conradt talked to a man who has dedicated his life to helping others see the wonders above us.

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"I grew up with us having gone. I was two and a half when that first landing happened, so it's shown people the beauty of what's out there" Ken Fiscus said.

"In eighth grade my best friend had an older brother move off to college and left him two telescopes ... so we started doing astronomy then and it shaped my life."

Today, Ken Fiscus is a science teacher, an observatory director and an avid astronomer. His love is the night sky. His passion is sharing it, "The universe is a beautiful place and things are happening all the time and most people miss it."

In 2004 ken Fiscus was one of 35 finalists for NASDA's first "Educator Astronauts" program, which nearly earned him a trip to the International Space Station. In 2011 he won the National Space Educator Award.

"When I run into people who are like, oh, we shouldn't spend money on the space program, I'm always like I never met anyone who is pro brain tumor before. We kill tumors now with space-derived technology that we didn't have before. The planting of the flag was a big deal then, and I look forward to a time when people from other countries are there, too." 

And while Ken Fiscus may never set foot on the moon: 

"I'm probably teaching students who actually have a chance to go and their assignment is when they get there on the moon they're supposed to say 'Hi, Mr. Fiscus before they say hi, mom."

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