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Daniel Batcheldor holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. He studies a wide range of astrophysical objects including black holes at the centers of galaxies, planets around other stars, and Mars. A science fiction enthusiast, and author of the book Astronomy Saves the World that advocates for the teaching of astronomy as part of the core high-school curricula, Batcheldor has led several research projects that have used the Hubble Space Telescope. He is also the lead scientist for an imaging technology demonstration payload that was deployed on the International Space Station.