For combining the finest techniques of planetary exploration and scientific research with aesthetic finesse and educational talent
Saturnus - Greatest Portrait
Movie Gallery - Picture Gallery
Carolyn Porco was born in 1953 in New York. She earned her PhD in 1983 from the California Institute of Technology’s Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. She is currently employed at the Space Science Institute in Boulder Colorado where she leads CICLOPS, the laboratory where images from NASA’s and ESA’s Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn are processed, captioned and posted for public release. Carolyn Porco and her scientific colleagues have discovered six moons, several rings and jets of water ice erupting from the south pole of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, all previously unknown to astronomers. She is also a member of the group tasked with taking pictures of Pluto when it is finally reached by the New Horizons probe in 2015.
Carolyn Porco's website: www.ciclops.org
For reclaiming a night sky that most modern people have lost, taking us to remote places where the stars still look like they did at the dawn of mankind
Observer - Milky Way
Movie Gallery - Picture Gallery
Babak A. Tafreshi, photographer, science journalist and amateur astronomer, was born in Teheran in 1978. His photographs from his expeditions around the world have been published in foreign journals, on TV and on the NASA website, and have featured in a number of international exhibitions. From 1997 to 2007 he was editor, and later editor-in-chief of the Iranian astronomy magazine Nojum. Babak A. Tafreshi is a member of the board of advisors of Astronomers Without Borders and a project coordinator for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. He is also the creator and the driving force behind TWAN (The World At Night), a project in which photographers from around the world capture images of night skies as seen above notable landmarks of the planet.
Babak A. Tafreshi's website: www.twanight.org/tafreshi

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