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, studying martial arts and the Japanese language. After graduating she followed her interest in astronomy (fuelled by watching way too much Star Trek), and came to the US to pursue a BA in physics and astronomy at Smith College in Massachusetts. Following, Inge attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, obtaining a master's degree in astronomy.
From 1992 to 2005 Inge was a senior data analyst at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, working on Hubble images. In March of 2006 Inge went back to Hawaii to lead the outreach efforts for the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hilo. In 2011 Inge moved to the University of Wyoming to finish her doctorate degree in science education.
Inge has been very involved in Science Fiction activities. She gives presentations about astronomy and space science at conventions throughout the nation, Europe, and Asia. She has also done this for schools of all levels, libraries, and community groups.
And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon-5 and Star Trek, you're looking at the trouble-maker who instigated this...
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