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.

Mapping the Universe

Jun 12, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #2: Mapping the Universe

Scientists in 2016 debuted the most comprehensive 3-D map of the known universe.  For five years, sky surveys from hundreds of physicists and astronomers were collected and compiled to consolidate all that is known about how galaxies in our universe are distributed.

Known in short as BOSS, the map is large: tiny dots, the size of pinheads, represent not stars but entire galaxies. A partial slice of this map covering only on 1/20th of the sky contains 43,000 galaxies.

James Webb Telescope

Jun 5, 2017

Space Minute PSA Series #1: James Webb Telescope

With the launch of the Hubble telescope back in 1990, humankind was rewarded with spectacular images of our universe: rainbow-colored nebula, spiraling galaxies, and fields of newborn stars.