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Former UH professor, head of NASA team that offered glimpse into deep space dies at 86

Bradford Smith, an astronomer at UH Manoa, died on Tuesday. (Image: NASA) Bradford Smith, an astronomer at UH Manoa, died on Tuesday. (Image: NASA)
SANTA FE, NEW MEXCO (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By BERNARD CONDON
AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Bradford Smith, a retired research astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who was best known for capturing stunning images of space, has died.

Smith's wife, Diane McGregor, says he died on Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of complications from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder. He was 86.

Smith was best known for interpreting the stunning images beamed back from NASA's Voyager missions.

Smith headed the NASA team that interpreted pictures taken by Voyager space probes in 1977 as they passed Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and presented them to the public. 

Known for his dry humor, he once quipped at a press conference showing a multi-colored, pockmarked moon of Jupiter, "I've seen better looking pizzas than this."

His is survived by McGregor, his wife of 34 years, three children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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