Astronomy Picture of the Day
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Sunday, 19 October 2008

Updated: 27th June 2009

Some of the people who think peregrinus interstellar is a good idea - not a complete list :

Dr. Iván Almár holds a senior position in Budapest at the Konkoly Observatory of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He served as co-chair of the IAA SETI Committee (now called the IAA SETI Permanent Study Group) from 1984 to 2000. He is also chair of the IAA Committee on Multilingual Terminology and a member of the executive committee of the International Astronomical Union’s Commission 51 (Bioastronomy). In Hungary, he serves as president of the Hungarian Space Research Council and honorary president of the Hungarian Astronautical Society. He is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Maik Anskat works as a Senior Consultant for a leading consultancy company in Germany. His main areas are project management for Enterprise Resource Planning System Implementations with SAP, Business Information Management and process optimisation, especially for Financial and Management Accounting.

Prof. Dr. Michael Czank is a physicist/crystallographer at CAU Kiel. He studies the structural faults in minerals (and in other solids) and relates them to their growing conditions and metamorphic histories, i.e. changes in temperature, pressure and chemical composition. He applied this also to lunar materials.

+ Dr David G Fearn. Dave passed away unexpectedly on 29th August 2007; the case of deep space exploration has lost a brilliant advocat.

Dave was a Vice-President of The British Interplanetary Society. He served on the Programme Committee, Finance & General Purpose Committee and International Liaison Committee. He was a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
He was the Science Advisor for Space Technology at DERA, Farnborough with special responsibility for advanced propulsion systems and associated mission studies and assessments.

Pat Galea is a professional software engineer from the United Kingdom. He has worked on a variety of telecommunication, security and financial systems over the years. Outside work, he supports primate conservation efforts through his popular Friends of Monkey World website and forum, and indulges his passion for technology, science and mathematics, writing about emerging technology on his Galea Research [] site. Through continued study and experiment, he hopes to make a contribution to the exploration of interstellar space.

Paul Gilster is a writer who focuses on technology and its implications. He is the author of seven books, including Digital Literacy (John Wiley & Sons, 1997) and Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning for Interstellar Flight (Copernicus, 2004), a study of the technologies that may one day make it possible to send a probe to the nearest star. Gilster tracks ongoing developments in areas of interstellar research from propulsion to exoplanet studies on the Centauri Dreams Web site ( He is also lead journalist for the Tau Zero Foundation, about to be officially launched. Tau Zero, growing out of work begun in NASA’s Breakthrough Propulsion Physics program, seeks philanthropic funding to support research into advanced propulsion concepts.

Prof. Dr. Claudius Gros is Professor for Theoretical Physics at The J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt. He champions long-term thinking and heads the initiative Future25.

Birte Haker is currently working as a Test Engineer for space propulsion systems at a leading aerospace company in Germany. She has started her studies of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Hamburg and then continued with specialization in Space Engineering at the University of Aachen.

David A. Hardy is the British master of space art. One of its longest practitioners, he has been illustrating space scenes since the 1950s.
He has done work for stage, screen and film in both Europe and the U.S. He has collaborated for many years on  books with  with British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore (most recently Futures: 50 Years in Space (2004)), as well as having written and illustrated his own books such as Visions of Space and The Fires Within, and his work is collected in Hardyware. His science fiction work is frequently on the cover of Analog and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines.
His work was owned and praised by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and was a favourite of Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan. He is currently Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), and is a recipient of its prestigious Lucien Rudaux Award. In 2003 an asteroid was named after him. 

Les Johnson manages the Space Science Programs and Projects Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. He is the former manager of both NASA’s Interstellar Propulsion Research Project and In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. Les is actively engaged in the development of advanced propulsion technologies with future applicability to interstellar travel. He has 3 patents, numerous technical publications, and is a 2-time winner of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. He and fellow peregrinus interstellar support Gregory Matloff wrote the book, Living Off the Land in Space (to be published in late 2006 by Praxis-Copernicus) and they are co-authoring another book to be published in 2007, The Solar Sail Handbook, with Giovanni Vulpetti.

Larry Klaes

Dr. Claudio Maccone, an Italian space scientist, is an active leader and innovator at meetings on interstellar travel and on SETI. Scholarships enabled him to study in London, New York, and Turin. The Sun as a Gravitational Lens: Proposed Space Missions won a 1999 Book Award from the International Academy of Astronautics. His earlier book is Telecommunications, KLT and Relativity. He is a member of IAA and COSPAR, and serves as secretary of the IAA Interstellar Space Exploration Committee and co-chair of the SETI Permanent Study Group.

Dr. Greg Matloff, FBIS, is a leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion and is affiliated with four universities. He co-authored The Starflight Handbook (Wiley, 1989) and Deep-Space Probes (Praxis-Springer, 2000), and also wrote two Wiley astronomy books. His papers on interstellar travel have been published in JBIS, Acta Astronautica, Spaceflight, Journal of Astronautical Sciences, and Mercury. In 1998, he won a $5000 prize in the international essay contest on ETI sponsored by the National Institute for Discovery Science. In recent years he has served as a consultant (working on interstellar flight) at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, and is an Assistant Professor at New York City Technical College, CUNY.

Marc G Millis is NASA’s leading expert on Breakthrough Propulsion Physics - covering such visionary goals as gravity control, space drives, and faster-than-light travel. Working at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1982, Marc pursues futuristic visions outside of NASA too. He founded the nonprofit Tau Zero Foundation in 2006, to accelerate progress and education toward practical interstellar flight.

Michael Müller works currently as a science writer in Germany. He was trained as a physicist and attended a joint study program for natural sciences and information technology. His special interests aim at robotics, astronautics and the fascinating vision of an evolving interstellar civilisation. He established the website Erkenntnishorizont (in German).

Dr. Tibor Pacher works currently as a freelancer consultant for Management and Financial Accounting processes and their support by software systems.
Trained as a physicist at the Eötvös University in Budapest, his first works at the University of Heidelberg as well as during a visit at Fermilab were related to Cosmology. His PhD thesis, earned at the University of Heidelberg, dealt with a quantum chemistry topic. He worked on the ISOPHOT project for ESA’s Infrared Space Observatory at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy as well. (See his publications list here). Countless discussions and permanent thinking on how to raise citizens’ support for credible scientific and engineering work, tied to his lifelong interest on interstellar travel and the search for life in the Universe, led him eventually to initiate peregrinus interstellar.

Prof. H. Paul Shuch, FBIS, currently serves as Visiting Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Lycoming College, Williamsport PA. Over the past dozen years, he has built up The SETI League, its membership base, its web pages, and its search efforts conducted by dedicated amateurs. As a result, the SETI League is now the major international grass-roots force within the SETI field. Armed with an acoustical guitar and a PowerPoint projector, he has presented SETI talks to audiences all across the United States and in more than a dozen other countries on five continents. He “lives on a radio-quiet hilltop with his wife, and two of their seven recombinant DNA experiments.” He flies his own airplane and wrote the lyrics for the songs in both SETI League songbooks. In 2000 he composed the lyrics for an Invitation to ETI song, and is now pleased to serve as the Invitation to ETI Principal Investigator and Webmaster. Paul is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and co-chairs its SETI Permanent Study Group.

József Suri currently holds the position of the Director of Operations at a Hungarian Management Consulting company. Previously he had various top level management appointments and worked as an independent consultant as well. In 2004 Dunaferr, the leading Hungarian steel company, where he served as the commercial deputy CEO - named him the year`s top manager. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Miskolc and received a Certificate of Business Administration from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia.

Paul A. Titze currently works as a Captain / Marine Engineer and Maritime Teacher mostly on Sydney Harbour. His favourite subjects include Stellar Cartography, Interstellar Navigation and Breakthrough Propulsion Physics. After completing his BSc in Physics at the University of Sydney and completing various other maritime related studies, later decided to continue his own studies related to Breakthrough Propulsion Physics in his spare time.

Dr. Jan Toporski is an astrobiologist with his prime research interest in the field of life detection in the solar system. This work involves studies on specific biomarkers isolated from geological materials that indicate biogenic activities and hence serve as a tool to determine whether or not life once was present in the given environment. He is involved in the development and testing of a device tailored for in situ detection experiments called Life Marker Chip, a technology that employs molecular biology principles. This development effort is currently sponsored by the ESA and anticipated to be part of the analytical rover platform of the ExoMars mission scheduled to launch in 2011.

Dr. Alexander Zaitsev is a Chief Scientist of the Radio Engineering and Electronics Institute, Russian Academy of Science. His career has been marked by three major areas of interest: First, radar devices used in the study of Venus, Mars, and Mercury, particularly direct digital synthesizers of coherent radar signals (the subject of his M.S. thesis, 1981). Second, near-Earth asteroid radar research (the subject of his Ph.D.dissertation, 1997). Dr. Professor Zaitsev has been able to successfully conduct international radar astronomy research projects with Europe, the United States and Japan. Third - interstellar radio messaging (at present). He supervised the transmission of the 1999 and 2003 Cosmic Calls from Ukraine. In addition, under his leadership, a youth group in Moscow composed and broadcast a very moving Teen Age Message to ETI, including a beautiful “Theremin Concert for Aliens.” A pioneer in active SETI, he coined the acronym METI (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), and dialogs extensively with both proponents and critics of this admittedly controversial activity. In 1985, Zaitsev received the Soviet Governmental Prize in Science. In 1980 he received the Koroliov Gold Medal of the Soviet Space Federation. In 1994 he received the Tsiolkovski Gold Medal of the Russian Space Federation. In 1995 the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid number 6075 as “Zajtsev.”

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