ESA/Hubble Imaging Team
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 received his degree in graphics design in Munich, Germany in 1989. Computers not yet the preferred tool of graphic designers, Martin actively started exploring the emerging but nonetheless fascinating world of computer graphics.
In 1990 Martin Kornmesser founded his own company "ART-M" where he made illustrations, wallpaintings, and other types of graphics for many clients and multiple venues
In 1999 Martin joined ESA's Hubble Space Telescope outreach group. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to producing images, illustrations, 3-D animations, videos, and much more.
When James was in 7th grade, his science teacher presented a group of slides of stellar objects from ground-based telescopes. Since that time, he has had a passion for space images. 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.
"Being part of a team that brings these types of [space] images to others is absolutely wonderful", James says.