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Visions of the Universe

Four Centuries of Discovery

Short Biography

Dana Backman

Dana Backman is an astrophysicist with the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), where he leads the Education and Public Outreach program. He also uses the Spitzer Space Telescope to study extrasolar planet formation. The co-author of several college-level astronomy textbooks, Dr. Backman stresses the importance of writing and communication skills to his science students.


Q: What advice do you have for future astronomers?
Video length: 41 seconds