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Who We Are: Jon Lomberg

Mr. Jon Lomberg is an artist whose work is deeply inspired by astronomy and SETI. One of the world's leading science and space artists, he was a long-time collaborator with astronomer Carl Sagan in many projects, including the "Cosmos" TV series. His artwork includes the mural "Portrait of the Milky Way" at the National Air and Space Museum, and the astronomical animation for the film "Contact". He was the Design Director for NASA's Voyager Interstellar Record, and has helped create long-term communication artifacts that will be sent to Mars aboard a NASA spacecraft in 2001. Everyone who attended the 1996 or 1999 bioastronomy conferences is familiar with his artwork on the program books and T-shirts. He has also designed a nuclear waste facility warning sign for the US government, intended to survive intelligibly for 10,000 years. In 2002, Astronomical Society of the Pacific presented him with The Klumpke-Roberts Award. In 1998, on the occasion of his 50th birthday he was singularly honored when the IAU named asteroid 6446 1990QL as "Asteroid Lomberg" for this artist's contributions to the popularization of astronomy. Jon Lomberg currently creates images to support the work of the Gemini Observatory atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. The artist has lived in Kona, Hawaii since 1987.

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