WFIT Space Minute

Space Minute features former Astronaut and Faculty Member of the Florida Institute of Technology, Captain Winston Scott.  The PSA segments were produced, broadcasted and featured on the University's radio station WFIT's website and social media networks. The Public Service Announcements were also distributed to the Florida Public Broadcasting Network which consists of 13 public radio stations statewide. 

The objective of this project was to produce a Space Minutes PSA series that would increase awareness of the Space industry and the myriad of technological innovations it continues to inspire on a global basis.   Space Minutes were crafted with the goal of highlighting the University's wide ranging expertise, the broad scope of space technology being developed by the campus community and the hands on opportunities available to FL Tech students.    

BIO :Winston E. Scott is a former astronaut and aerospace executive. He served as a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions, STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997, and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes.

From 2003 to 2006, Scott was executive director of the Florida Space Authority, based at Kennedy Space Center. Concurrently, he was a part-time Florida Tech faculty member, teaching aeronautics courses.

Scott began his career in the U.S. military. Following Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School, Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., and tactical jet training, Scott was assigned as a fighter pilot to Fighter Squadron Eighty Four flying the F-14 Tomcat fighter.  He subsequently served as a test pilot at the Naval Aviation Depot at Jacksonville, Fla.  He accumulated more than 5,000 hours of flight time and more than 200 shipboard landings. Scott retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain.

Scott, a sought-after public speaker, is a Florida Tech administrator and faculty member.

Mars Class

Aug 21, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #12: Mars Class

For as much attention as we pay to getting to Mars, many would suggest that the real work starts once we arrive on the Red Planet.

A unique class at Florida Institute of Technology is taking on some of the biggest hurdles in our quest to colonize Mars.

Planet Water

Aug 14, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #11: Planet Water

We often take water for granted here on Earth, but finding evidence of it on other planets is a big deal.

It helps us understand how our solar system was formed billions of years ago. But more intriguing to many, the presence of water means a so-called Goldilocks zone where the temperature was not too hot or too cold for liquid water to exist.

Space Minute PSA Series #10: CID Camera

Where are there Earth-like planets in our universe?

To answer that question, one of the most important in all of astrophysics, we of course have to be able to see these so-called exoplanets. Yet when they are in close proximity to a super-bright host star, the dimmer planets are very hard to see through most regular telescopes.

Space Slosh

Jul 31, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #9: Space Slosh

Whether it’s the 16-ounce water bottle you take on your morning jog or a rocket with thousands of gallons of fuel, the way that liquid sloshes around can have an impact.

Scientists and students at Florida Institute of Technology, working with colleagues at NASA and researchers at M-I-T, designed an experiment that allows them to study how liquids move around inside containers in microgravity.

Voyager Probes

Jul 24, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #8: Voyager Probes

NASA’s exploration of deep space has come a long way since the Pioneer mission that sent six probes into our solar system more than 50 years ago.

But where are those early probes now?

Pioneers 6 though 11 no longer send back signals to Earth and are ghost ships on a millions-of-years journey to the next star in their path. But, believe it or not, Voyager 1 and 2, launched in 1977, are still phoning home from beyond our solar system.