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Michelle Lynn Thaller
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Born c. 1970 (age 44–45)
Education BS 1992, PhD 1998
Alma mater

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 has been featured in an episode of the National Geographic Channel documentary television series, Naked Science, and has appeared on Life and Times on the Los Angeles based television station KCET. She 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 seven times 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.

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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Washington Post
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:33:45 -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 ...


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

A lot of people ask me if being an astronomer changes the way I look at life. To some degree, I guess there's no way it couldn't. There's a lot you have to let go of — things that seem so obvious and straightforward in people's everyday lives take on ...
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 ...
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 ...
Boulder Daily Camera
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:54:45 -0700

... and astronomer with the Vatican Observatory; Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the SETI Institute, which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence; and Michelle Thaller, assistant director of science communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight ...

Slate Magazine (blog)

Slate Magazine (blog)
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:02:12 -0700

Reading a script out loud is way harder than you'd think, even when you wrote the script yourself (which I do, plus of course edits from Michelle Thaller, my science adviser, and Blake DePastino, the script editor). It's also hard to know when your ...

89.3 KPCC

89.3 KPCC
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:34:35 -0800

Mini moons are the opposite of the much-hyped supermoons, when our celestial companion appears brighter and larger than normal. The phenomenon has been widely reported by KPCC and others. Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp said that got him ...


Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:03:24 -0700

But NASA astromomer Michelle Thaller embraces it as a way to learn and observe more about the moon. She is honest enough to reveal that she learned some things she didn't know in a 2013 a video about the phenomenon. TECHNICAL TERM. Perigee or ...

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