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Inge Heyer was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. After completing her secondary education there, she accepted a scholarship to attend Tenri University in Tenri, Japan. Following a life long dream, she studied martial arts and the Japanese language and travelled extensively in that fascinating country. After this two-year academic "detour", she decided to follow her interest in astronomy (fuelled by watching way too much Star Trek in high school) and came to the U.S. to pursue an undergraduate degree at Smith College in Massachusetts.

With a B.A. in physics and astronomy, Inge then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she obtained a master's degree in astronomy and pursued many years of research, which often took her to the observatories atop beautiful Mauna Kea. For astronomical observations and the attendance of professional meetings, she travelled throughout the world. Since 1992, Inge has worked as a data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. There she works on images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide-Field and Planetary Camera. The Space Telescope Science Institute has a very active educational and public outreach program, in which Inge participates as a volunteer.

Still watching way too much Star Trek (and now also Babylon 5), Inge is very involved in local Baltimore Science Fiction activities. She gives presentations about Hubble's achievements at conventions throughout the nation and Europe. She is a member of the Enterprise Team and has participated in the program at the U.S. Space Academy three times. She greatly enjoys talking about astronomy to interested fans, so track her down and ask your questions.

And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon 5 and Star Trek, you can talk to the trouble-maker who instigated this at ZonCon October 2,3,4, 1998.


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