Robert Hurt received his Ph.D in astrophysics from UCLA in 1993 pursuing research interests in star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies. After several post-doctoral and staff scientist positions, in 2002 he became the visualization scientist on NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the infrared light analog to the Hubble. Here he combines his interests in astronomy, photography, digital graphics and education to tackle the visual elements of science communication and outreach. He has created the public data-based imagery of a number of NASA missions including Spitzer, WISE, GALEX and NuSTAR. He has also led the astronomy visualization community’s efforts to develop and implement metadata standards for public imagery.
As of October 2015