Dr. Piers Sellers OBE was a British-American astronaut, meteorologist, and a pilot and was a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He also served as the Director of Earth Sciences and Deputy Director for Science and Exploration at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Before joining the astronaut corps, Sellers worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on research into how the Earth’s biosphere and atmosphere interact. This work involved climate system computer modeling and field work utilizing aircraft, satellites, and ground support input. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late 2015, he chose to spend the last year of his life vigorously promoting awareness of the changes to come, and of what solutions might look like.
His optimism and heroic commitment, despite his increasing physical challenges and pain, inspired artist Kate Doyle to initiate a collaborative project melding arts and science to raise consciousness on climate change and to promote solutions through a global conversation.
More reading on Dr. Piers Sellers
- “New Year Honours: Astronaut Piers Sellers becomes OBE” – BBC News, December 2010
- “Wobbling on Climate Change” – The New York Times, November 2014
- “Space, Climate Change, and the Real Meaning of Theory” – The New Yorker, August 2016
- “This NASA Scientist Won Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Doc” – Inverse, November 2016