ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

World’s 14th Largest Telescope Brings Visitors Closer to Sky

World’s 14th Largest Telescope Brings Visitors Closer to Sky

Michael Calkins feels like a space traveler — but with a shorter commute.

He works as a science technician at the MMT Observatory, an astronomical observatory at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Amado. Mr. Calkins appreciates the delicate nature of astronomical science and hopes that the data that he collects can help future generations discover new worlds and perhaps even new life.

“I get to be an astronaut without the travel time. You’re on the top of a mountain in the middle of the Sonoran Desert,” Mr. Calkins said. “You can’t help but dream a little in this environment.”

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Once the Nation’s ‘Most Dangerous’ Park, Organ Pipe Reopens

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