Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Joe Matus . Read to learn more about the production of his photos. As a NASA Engineer you take amazing photos of our solar system. Is astrophotography more of a hobby or are these photos used to fuel your career? Thank you for the complement. Photography is my hobby, and I have a passionate interest in astrophotography, in particular. While one can generally see objects such as the sun, moon, and a few planets with the naked eye, and others with binoculars or telescopes, the eye cannot resolve the level of detail... Read more
Joe lives in Huntsville, AL with his wife and family where he works for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as the Project Manager for the Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) Scout, a small spacecraft (a cubesat) that will fly on NASA’s new SLS launch vehicle and which will use a solar sail to propel itself to an asteroid and photograph its features. Joe has had a life-long interest in photography and has developed an in-depth understanding of the subject which has helped him in his career. While he has shot mainly ice skating images as his main-stay, he has branched out into a number of areas, most especially astrophotography. He is excited by the ability of his equipment to capture faint, unseen details of celestial objects which he can share with others.