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Michelle Thaller      

Astronomer & Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Michelle Thaller is an American astronomer and research scientist. Thaller is the assistant director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1998 to 2009 she was a staff scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and later Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope, at the California Institute of Technology.

A native of Wisconsin, Thaller graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1988. She attended Harvard University where she majored in astrophysics and worked on precision measurement of binary stars, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1992. At Georgia State University Thaller worked on colliding winds in close massive binary systems. She received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1998.

Thaller has been featured in an episode of the National Geographic Channel documentary television series, "Naked Science," and has appeared on Life and Times on the Los Angeles based television station KCET. She is a regular contributor to the online edition of the Christian Science Monitor for which she writes a monthly science column and has appeared seven times on the History Channel show, "The Universe." She appears in the Science Channel's "How the Universe Works." Thaller also contributed to and appeared in the award-winning video podcast series IRrelevant Astronomy.


Michelle Thaller - Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

About Michelle Thaller. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves to study binary stars and the life cycles of the stars.

NASA launches probe to study Martian atmosphere - FOX 13 News

"Now Mars is now this cold, dry desert," explained Michelle Thaller, Ph.D. of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "So the question is, what happened? We' re ...

'Supermoon' Science: Biggest Full Moon of 2013 Explained - Yahoo ...

"It doesn't matter where you are, the full moon you're seeing will be the biggest for 2013," Michelle Thaller, the assistant director of science at NASA's Goddard ...

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