Robert Hurt, Ph.D.

Robert Hurt, Ph.D.

Robert Hurt is an astronomer and visualization scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space telecope and other missions.


Robert Hurt received his Ph.D in astrophysics from UCLA in 1993 pursuing research interests in star formation in the Milky Way and other galaxies. After several post-doctoral and staff scientist positions, in 2002 he became the visualization scientist on NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the infrared light analog to the Hubble. Here he combines his interests in astronomy, photography, digital graphics, and education to tackle the visual elements of science communication and outreach. He has created the public data-based imagery of a number of NASA missions including Spitzer, WISE, GALEX, and NuSTAR. He has also led the astronomy visualization community’s efforts to develop and implement metadata standards for public imagery.

PIX Talks

Tuesday Oct. 6, 12:15 – 12:40 PM • Expo stage

Tuesday Oct. 6, 2:50 – 3:10 PM • re:FRAME stage

Session 3.3.