Terry decided to become an astronomer when he was eight years old. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He spent much of his career conducting research on stars that pulsate and working with NASA spacecraft. Later he became involved in managing scientific projects. He served as the director of a scientific research center for a major corporation and operated his own consulting firm.
In recent years he has been focused on issues of space science education. He was in charge of education activities for the Hubble Space Telescope and later became the Director of NASA’s Origins Education Forum. He has served as the Assistant Director for Maryland Space Grant Consortium since March, 2006.
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