My real name is Joseph A’Hearn. When I was five, I dreamed of being the first man on Mars. I’m now thirty, and if I were given the opportunity to fulfill that dream, I still would. Outer space has never ceased to fascinate me. At present, however, I am a little more on the theoretical side, and would not expect to set foot on a spaceship, at least for the rest of the week.

I am currently in a Ph.D. program in Physics at the University of Idaho. I did my undergraduate studies in Physics, with a technical option in Astrophysics, and a second major in Philosophy, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Looking through the University of Illinois Observatory telescope.

Before transferring to UIUC, I spent eleven years, starting with high school, in a formation program to become a Catholic missionary priest. Even though I decided in the end that taking another career path made more sense for me, my adventures and experiences during those years, which I spent in the northeastern United States, Mexico, and Italy, have in large part made me who I am today. I wouldn’t trade my unique path in life for any other.