A multi-pointing M101 Hubble mosaic was produced and is being released by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Center (HEIC) located at the Space Telescope-European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) in Garching, Germany. Heritage wishes to thank these image processors for their Herculean effort to produce this mammouth Hubble view. A small portion of the large mosaic is being released by the Hubble Heritage Project (AURA/STScI). Collaboration between the STScI and ST-ECF teams on these M101 images, as well as past and future images has been a wonderful learning experience for all involved.
Davide de Martin
Davide de Martin is an engineer and an amateur astronomer. He was born and lives in Venice, Italy, where he works in the power supply industry. His main interest is astronomy. Ever since he was a child he loved this topic and looking at the night sky. His other interests count manned and unmanned space exploration, astronomy popularization, computer enhancement of astronomical images, drawing, painting and collecting material from the early manned space age.
Since 1997, he has collaborated with an Italian astronomy magazine called "Coelum." He has written dozens of columns and several articles, most of them about space exploration and spaceflight history. He has produced or taken part in several works in popular science, like websites and multimedia CD-ROMs.
One of his most recent projects is the web site http://www.skyfactory.org.
In 2005 he became part of the ESA/Hubble Education and Outreach Office working as a consultant image processing specialist. Davide has a 13-inch telescope and enjoys observing celestial marvels on the warm Italian summer nights.
Lars Lindberg Christensen
Lars Christensen is a science communication specialist heading the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre group in Munich, Germany where he is responsible for the public outreach and education for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope in Europe.
Lars obtained his Master’s Degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Before assuming his current position he spent a decade working as a science communicator and technical specialist for Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen.
Lars has more than 100 publications to his credit, most of them in popular science communication. He is author of The Hands-On Guide to Science Communication as well as co-author of a colourful book on light phenomena. He has produced material for a multitude of different media from star shows, laser shows and slide shows, to web, print, TV and radio. His methodology is concentrated around devising and implementing innovative strategies for the production of efficient science communication and educational material. This work involves working with highly skilled graphics people and technicians, the result of which for instance is visible at: http://www.spacetelescope.org.
Lars is a founding member and secretary of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on "Communicating Astronomy with the Public" (http://www.communicatingastronomy.org/ ) and he is currently involved in defining a national astronomy communication strategy for Denmark.
Martin Kornmesser got his degree in graphics design in Munich in 1989. In those days the computers were not yet the favorite tools of graphic designers and Martin actively started exploring the emerging but fascinating world of computer graphics in the nineties.
In 1990 Martin Kornmesser founded his own company ART-M, where he made illustrations, wallpaintings, and other types of graphics. in 1999 he joined ESA's Hubble Space Telescope outreach group.
His responsibilities include producing images, illustrations, 3D animations, videos, and much more.