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The Moon: Guests

Jason Barnes

Assistant Professor of Astrophysics, University of Idaho

Born in Cambridge, England, Dr. Barnes grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.S. degree from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1998, majoring in Astronomy, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Planetary Science. His thesis was about extrasolar giant planets. His postdoctoral work at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California involved work with the space missions Cassini and Kepler, studying Saturn's moon Titan, and looking for Earth-sized planets in other solar systems, respectively.

Dr. Barnes joined the University of Idaho in 2008. He studies the physics of planets and planetary systems. He uses NASA spacecraft data to study planets that orbit stars other than the Sun (extrasolar planets) and the composition and nature of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. He has a personal website at

Daryl Macomb

Associate Professor of Physics, Boise State University

Dr. Daryl Macomb graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He attended Iowa State University where he studied Physics and Astronomy and graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics in 1989. He worked briefly at the Space Telescope Science Institute before becoming an Astrophysicist working at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been Faculty member in the Physics Department at Boise State University since 2001.

Past guests for this topic include: Scott Hughes, Dr. Leslie Baker.

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