Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Kelly Fast grew up in the shadows of both the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. Sprinkled with heavy doses of Space: 1999 and Star Trek, her passion for astronomy took hold. With telescope in tow, she scoured the skies for all things celestial that might be glimpsed through the light pollution of Los Angeles. She earned her B.S. in Astrophysics from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Maryland. She now serves as the Near-Earth Object Observations Program Manager in NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office. She is the multitasking mom of two, plays guitar and sings in a church band, crochets sweaters on the public transit commute, and still dreams of falling through a rift in space and finding herself on The Enterprise or on Moonbase Alpha (Season 1!).