|SIR ISAAC NEWTON|
|England (1643 - 1727)|
English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian, his Philosophæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, is considered to be the most influential book in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for modern engineering.
Kris Koenig, General Partner, Interstellar
Studios, shares his love of astronomy with the public through his
unique outreach efforts, photography, and multimedia products. His work
has taken him all over the world, including most of the major observatories
in the western hemisphere. Kris is also founder and director of one
of the most successful community observatories, and the nation’s
only outdoor planetariums in the country.
Kris Koenig is a video
producer from the ground up. His expertise in camera work, interviewing,
lighting, editing, and production management is apparent in the ten-hour
PBS telecourse “Astronomy: Observations
and Theories”, for which he won two Emmy® Awards in 2005, for
Instructional Programming and Outstanding Non-news Writer. His footage
has been used in National Geographic productions, and his astrophotography
graces the covers of nationally acclaimed astronomical textbooks and
appears in various publications and videos.
Anita Ingrao has worked in the field of video production for 17 years. She worked
with Kris Koenig as videographer and production assistant for the Emmy® Award-winning
10-hour PBS telecourse “Astronomy: Observations & Theories”.
She is currently one of several videographers for the PBS series, Sierra Center
Stage, capturing popular band performances at Sierra Nevada Brewery's Big Room.
Anita has also worked as videographer, editor, and production assistant for “News
Writing” and “English Composition: Writing for an Audience”,
nationwide telecourses, by Annenberg/CPB.
Interstellar Studios specializes in producing award winning, multimedia
productions that entertain and educate the public about the wonders of
space. Interstellar Studios products include planetarium programming,
high-definition documentaries, web programming and interactive kiosk design.
With experienced personnel and in-house editing suites, the company meets
a variety of multimedia production needs.
Dan Koehler, General Partner, brings his life-long love of astronomy, a strong educational background in the natural and physical sciences and three decades of professional work in a wide-range of businesses and industries to Interstellar Studios.
For nearly 20 years Dan was actively involved as a director and an officer of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society (MAS), one of the oldest and largest amateur organizations in the United States, and as Chairman of the North Central Region of the Astronomical League (NCRAL). Dan served for three years as a Trustee of the Council of the Astronomical League, a national federation of amateur astronomical societies, raising money to fund a permanent home and paid staff for the organization in
Kansas City, Missouri.
For seven years Dan was the Advertising Sales Manager for Astronomy magazine and the Business Development Manager for the magazine's companion website, Astronomy.com. He has also authored numerous articles on celestial events and visual observation for Astronomy.
He holds a BS degree (1979) from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA (1987) in Financial Management from Marquette University in Milwaukee.