ESA/Hubble Imaging Team
A multi-pointing Cas A mosaic was produced and is being released by the European Space Agency ESA/Hubble team located at the Space Telescope-European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF) in Garching, Germany. Heritage wishes to thank these image processors for their mammouth effort to produce this stunning Hubble image. We wish to thank the team for allowing us to collaborate with them on Hubble data and to co-release this, as well as past and future images. Material on Cas A is being co-released at the ESA/Hubble website.
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.
Author of over 100 publications, most of them in popular science communication, he has also been coauthor on several books. 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" 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.
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.
When James was in grade 7, his science teacher presented a group of slides of stellar objects from ground based telescopes. Since then, he has had a passion for images from space. "Being part of a team that brings these types of images to others is absolutely wonderful", James says. He purchased his first computer at age 16, an Apple II ES. Currently, he lives in Renton, Washington, near Seattle, and is a computer programmer. He started working with 3D art in 1997 with Truespace 3 and has continured from there. He stumbled onto the FITS Liberator site from the ESA Hubble site, and started making images for personal use (just to look at them). Lars invited James to work with team in November of 2005.