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Michelle Lynn Thaller
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Education BS 1992, PhD 1998
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Michelle Thaller (born c. 1970 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) is an American astronomer and research scientist. Thaller is the assistant director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.[1]

From 1998 to 2009 she was a staff scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and later Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope, at the California Institute of Technology.[2]


A native of Wisconsin,[3] Thaller graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1988.[4] She attended Harvard University where she majored in astrophysics and worked on precision measurement of binary stars, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1992. At Georgia State University Thaller worked on colliding winds in close massive binary systems. She received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1998.[2][5]

Thaller is a regular contributor to the online edition of the Christian Science Monitor, for which she writes a monthly science column,[3][5] and has appeared on the History Channel show, The Universe. She appears in the Science Channel show, How the Universe Works. Thaller also contributed to and appeared in the award-winning video podcast series IRrelevant Astronomy.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Thaller is married to Sigma Space Optical Engineer Andrew Booth[6] and lives in Maryland. During her years in Pasadena, California she was a regular participant in the summer Santa Barbara Renaissance Faire.


  1. ^ "Sciences and Exploration Directorate - NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center". Goddard Space Flight Center. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b "SIRTF Profiles: Dr. Michelle Thaller - Manager of the SIRTF Education and Public Outreach Program". Spitzer Science Center. Retrieved 2008-02-28. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "About Us". Cool Cosmos. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Wall of Fame". Waukesha South HS. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "NASA Biography - Michelle Thaller". NASA. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Michelle Thaller". facebook. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 

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Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 09:01:26 -0800

Many of you who read my blog are already aware of my dear friend Michelle Thaller, who's an astronomer and a wonderful science communicator. She's been on TV (we both do the talking head gig for How the Universe Works, for example), and she's so ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:53:27 -0800

Well, if your interests skew toward the extraterrestrial, try out PRX's "Orbital Path," hosted by Michelle Thaller, an actual NASA astronomer. She discusses why aliens get credit for every unexplainable thing in the universe in her first episode, so ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:17:28 -0800

... my editors Nicole Sweeney and Blake De Pastino; director Nick Jenkins; sound designer Michael Aranda (he scored the music based on the CC music from other series); my wonderful friend and science consultant Michelle Thaller; the folks at Thought ...


Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:40:45 -0700

The Great Nebula in Orion is a intriguing place. Visible to the unaided eye, it appears as a small fuzzy patch in the constellation of Orion. But this image, an illusory-color composite of four colors of infrared light taken with the Earth orbiting ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:44 -0700

Living shoulder-to-shoulder on a small blue planet zooming through an ever-expanding universe, it's easy to feel very, very small. But what we are is actually pretty incredible. "We are dead stars looking back up at the sky," Dr. Michelle Thaller ...
Washington Post
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:44:10 -0700

○Oct. 18 – “It's a Small World, After All,” a talk by Michelle Thaller, of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Small places in the universe are important to explore, such as the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:18:17 -0700

And I had to laugh; seeing my friends David Grinspoon, Michelle Thaller, Dan Durda, Neil Tyson, Bill Nye, and Alex Filippenko in there was pretty cool. Looks like they raided footage from How the Universe Works and Outrageous Acts of Science. Too bad ...


Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:18:05 -0800

It's public and it's made available for everyone on the planet,” said Dr. Michelle Thaller of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “NASA is a world resource. There's nobody that does what NASA does. As an American, I think that this is something that ...

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