"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." - Psalm 19:1

Meet Our Astronomy Guides

Tom Focareto is the CEO and co-founder of Tanist Technologies, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business that delivers high-end engineering services to the Department of Defense space mission. He currently supports the National Space Defense Center as a Systems Engineer focusing on Operations Integration. He is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel where he spent most of his career in space operations and staff assignments at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and Air Force Space Command. During his career, he led operations at an NRO ground station, operated Space Control weapon systems and operated Nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Technology Engineering and a Masters of Aeronautical Science, Operations Specialization.

Tom is an amateur astronomer and is thankful for his business partner and friend Doug Hine, who opened his eyes to the wonders of the Universe.

"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." Socrates


Mark Harter is a practicing Aerospace Engineer of 35 years and avid astronomer for 20 years.  He has an Aerospace Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and two Masters Degrees (Military Science, and Business). 

He served in the United States Air Force for 23 years in Space and Missile Operations designing, building, testing, and operating the nation's most important military satellites and missile systems. 

These include Space Control, Space Situational Awareness (tracking satellites), Chief Engineer of the Global Positioning System (GPS), Director of Operations and Commander of Nuclear Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and Presidential SIOP advisor on the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC). 

He now supports Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB on developing and fielding new sensors to track space objects to better protect and defend our national space assets.