Travis Metcalfe

Crowdfunding Astronomy with Google Sky

Travis Metcalfe

Talk: Crowdfunding Astronomy with Google Sky

For nearly four years, NASA's Kepler space telescope searched for planets like the Earth around more than 150,000 stars similar to the Sun. In 2008 with in-kind support from several technology companies, our non-profit organization established the Pale Blue Dot Project, an adopt-a-star program that supports scientific research on the stars observed by the Kepler mission. Travis Metcalfe describes how this innovative crowdfunding program has engaged the public over the past seven years to help support an international team of astronomers in an era of economic austerity.

Travis Metcalfe

Travis Metcalfe is the director of White Dwarf Research Corporation, and a research scientist based in Boulder, Colorado. He started the Pale Blue Dot Project in 2008 with support from the Google grants program, and he has volunteered thousands of hours for daily operations over the past seven years.