Antonio Paris is a Professor of Astronomy at St. Petersburg College, FL. Additionally, he is an Astronaut Candidate for Project PoSSUM's Suborbital Mission supported by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program; the Director of Planetarium and Space Programs at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, FL; and the Chief Scientist at the Center for Planetary Science. Prof. Paris, moreover, is a graduate of NASA’s Mars Education Program at the Mars Space Flight Center, Arizona State University.

While growing up as a child, Antonio always wanted to be an astronomer. His father, who was a science teacher, inspired him to reach his dreams!

Today, Prof. Paris’ research is centered on radio astronomy and comets. Through the use of a 10-meter radio telescope, Antonio is conducting research to determine if comets can emit spectra at 1420 MHz. During this investigation, Prof. Paris is imaging the comets with an LX200 14" refracting telescope courtesy of Meade Instruments