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2014 Space Achievements Are Out Of This World

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From landing a probe on a comet to even more discoveries on Mars, it’s been quite a year for astrophysics and cosmology.

Our astronomy contributor, Jean Creighton, joins us each month to helps us keep track of the latest astronomical news. She joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio to look back at several events, starting with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, which landed a probe on a comet in November, to gravitational wave detection.

"When we see it as spectators, we think ‘oh yeah, that’s cool, that’s really cool, that’s great.' But they know all the things that could have gone wrong, all the things that had to go right for this to work just as hoped," Creighton says.

Lake Effect contributor Jean Creighton is the director of the Manfred Olsen Planetarium, located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee campus.

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Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. She began teaching astronomy at UW-Milwaukee in 1999 and in 2007, she took over as director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium.