David A. Aguilar

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David A. Aguilar is a National Geographic and Random House/Smithsonian author and illustrator. the past Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics inCambridge, MA. A naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist, David’s expertise is in communicating the wonder of science. He is past Director of Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, and the founder of the Science Discovery Program at University of Colorado Boulder; past MarketingCommunications Director at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation and member of the Hubble Space Telescope repair team; past Marketing Director of “Evolution”, PBS’s Emmy-winning 7-part NOVA series. While at Harvard he hosted the popular “Everything I Know About Science I LearnedAt The Movies!” series, now available on YouTube. In 2015, he left Cambridge to join NASAs New Horizons special media team on the Pluto flyby mission.

He is author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books on astronomy including “Cosmic Catastrophes – 7 Ways to Destroy aPlanet Like Earth”; “ALIEN WORLDS”- a look at how bizarre alien life may be throughout the Universe; “13 Planets”, and “Space Encyclopedia”.

TELEVISION and RADIO CREDITS: NASA’s Unexplained Files; The UNIVERSE for the History Channel; UFO Hunters,NPR’s Here and Now.

SPACE ART CREDITS: NASA/JPL, Smithsonian, BBC, The UNIVERSE, the History Channel, The Weather Channel, ABC Nightly News, CBS, NBC, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic Magazine, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, Scientific American, Nature, Time magazine, US News& World Report, Space.com.

He is a Premier Smithsonian Enrichment Lecturer and a Harvard World Tours Expert Study Leader. Past study tours include: Astronomy from the Chilean Andes; Astronomy of Hawaii; The Underwater Worlds of Tahiti and French Polynesia; Exploring the Amazon; AfricanSafari; Discovering Alaska!; Iceland – Land of Ice and Fire; Mysteries of Machu Picchu and Easter Island; Voyage to Antarctica; Inside the Russian Space Program-a journey to Kazakhstan for the launch of cosmonauts to the International Space Station; In The Footsteps of Galileo; Around theWorld by Private Jet!; Exploring the Emerald British Isles; Treasures of Mystical India; Arizona Astronomy. He has lectured on eighteen World Cruises aboard ships Regent Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner, Explorer; Crystal Serenity, Symphony; Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse; and TheWORLD.

He has the added distinction, along with his former band, of being a 2008 Grammy nominated song writer and musician. In 2010, ASTEROID 1990DA was named in honor of his exceptional science educational outreach efforts.Today, David and wife Astrid reside under the very starry skies outside of Aspen, CO.