Claudia Alexander, Ph.D., studies the planets, and flies spacecraft by day, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. By night she enters a fantasy world and re-imagines the universe. Dr. Alexander enjoys the science of the Venus ionosphere (part of the Venus atmospheric family), and ways in which Venus behaves like a comet. Dr. Alexander studies comets, the thin atmospheres surrounding icy moons such as Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, and more recently, the way in which the whole proto-solar nebula collapsed to form the planets. More about Dr. Alexander.
She has served as Project Manager on historic space missions to Jupiter (Galileo), comets (Rosetta), and a project leader on the mission to Saturn (Cassini). She has written a number of steampunk short stories, children’s science-learning books, and a full length elf-punk novel. She is also an avid tennis fan and has written for the Bleacher Report as claudiacelestialgirl.
Red Phoenix Books, her publishing arm, established in 2002, publishes the books of award-winning author, Carol Fenner, and debut author Diane Schochet. Alexander also publishers her own children’s science-learning books and her alter-ego, E.L. Celeste is a lady astronomer, and captain of space-ready aerocraft to the planets and beyond. By night she re-imagines the universe. She has written a number of steampunk short stories and a full length elf-punk novel.
AALBC.com mourns the passing of Claudia Alexander, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 56 on July 11, 2015. Alexander was a scientist on the Rosetta Project, which landed a spacecraft on a comet (67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko) in November of 2014. She just was only 56 years old.