Dr. Robert Hurt is the Visualization Scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Science Center at Caltech. He earned his s Ph.D. from UCLA in astrophysics in 1993 for a study of gas dynamics in starburst galaxies, and other areas of interest include star formation and active galaxies. After a period of postdoctoral and staff science work at Caltech/IPAC, in 2002 he shifted focus to science communications through data visualizations, technical diagrams, artist's concepts, animations, and podcasts. He has created the visual public identity of a number of NASA missions including Spitzer, WISE, GALEX, Kepler, and NuSTAR. He is closely involved with the astronomy visualization community and has led efforts to develop metadata standards and best practices in the field.
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