Tony Rice

Tony Rice

WRAL contributor/NASA Ambassador

Professional Experience:
2010 to present: Solar System Ambassador, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; 2000 to present: Data Scientist, Cisco; 1992 to 2000: Senior Member Scientific Staff, Nortel Networks;1988 to 1991: intern/software engineer, BAE Systems/British Aerospace;

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 1992, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Birthplace:
Virginia Beach, VA

Philosophy:
Weather and astronomy are “gateway sciences” that stimulate natural curiosity in all ages, kindling interest other sciences. So many people tell me they “used to” love weather and/or astronomy, it’s never too late to rekindle that interest.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
Visiting to nearby (and not so nearby) museums of all kinds with my family, photography; NASA Langley Research Center Speakers Bureau

Family:
Wife, Lori; one teenage son

Favorites Books & Movies:
Movies: The Right Stuff, Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Books: Cosmos by Carl Sagan, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road by Neil Peart

Likes Best About North Carolina:
We are right in the middle of it all. Beautiful mountains with fascinating geology to the west and relaxing beaches filled with history to the east.

Most Memorable Assignments:

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017. I'll remember working with the many people across WRAL and area science museums during the months leading up to the event, to help everyone safely enjoy this rare event.

July 8, 2011, launch of STS-135, the final space shuttle mission, hosting a live viewing event of the launch at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, N.C. It was humbling to be a part of that day just a few steps from where it all began 107 years earlier.

More about Tony:In addition to blogging about astronomy and space exploration on the WRAL Weather Blog, I help hundreds of other broadcast meteorologists across the country bring more space to their audiences. I also volunteer with the National Academy of Sciences Entertainment Exchange helping film and tv producers "get the science right” on storylines involving Mars and planetary atmospheres.