Replay: Get Sirius about space with JPL director, rent Mt. Wilson’s telescopes

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A model of NASA’s Perseverance rover is seen at JPL. The original rover landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. The rover is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez for KCRW.

Greater LA reairs its interview with Laurie Leshin, who formally started her job as JPL’s director in May. She wants to explore the far reaches of space, find evidence of life on Mars, and make the institution more inclusive.

Also, listen back to how Angelenos can rent the historic telescopes at LA’s Mt. Wilson Observatory for one night. It’s complete with snacks and a guide — all for $1,700. How did this sanctuary of science become a fun night out for anyone with a credit card?