That first unforgettable spark of inspiration occurred in the second grade. My father took me to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for an open house event, which showcased space exploration and new technologies. Little did I know at the time how big an impact the exhibits, the hands-on demonstrations and presentations had on directing my future life. I instantly became hooked.
I soon received my first department-store telescope (the one we are told never to buy). It was a modest instrument, capable of displaying images of only the brightest and closest objects in the nighttime sky; I would look up at the sky from my backyard and gaze in awe through my telescope for hours and hours, both wonder and curiosity fueling my imagination.
I marvel at the complexity in the cosmos and I am excited for scientific and technological breakthroughs that will take us even further in our quest to piece together cosmic history. It's my experience as a youth, a passion - a strong and innate passion - for human purpose on the planet Earth, and a longing to one day understand some of these mysteries that drives me.
I first joined the Heritage team in 2002 as an undergraduate intern. It was such a rewarding experience to be involved with processing such beautiful and inspiring images. What I loved most was the ability to combine creativity with astronomical processing and public outreach. Little did I know that years later I would return to Space telescope as a Research and Instrument Analyst and once again join the Heritage team.
I earned my B.S. in physics with a minor in astronomy from Sonoma State University. I had a taste of astronomy in another wavelength when I interned at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in New Mexico and studied a massive star formation region with the Very Large Array (VLA). I then returned to work at the VLA as a telescope operator where I got to experience the operational and technical side of astronomy. I earned my Masters in astronomy from San Diego State University in 2008. For my masters thesis I hunted for transiting extrasolar planets in the open cluster M52.
Outside of my work life I enjoy hiking, traveling, swimming, and practicing yoga. I find inspiration and beauty in other forms of art such as ballet, theater, music, and singing.
Tiffany brings her enthusiasm and support to the Hubble Heritage Team. Tiffany Borders finds wisdom in Einstein's words, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. Never lose holy curiosity."
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