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Susan Niebur
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Susan Niebur
(1973 - 2012)
Principal Investigator, Manager, NASA Headquarters
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"I thought I was too tired to leave the house, but look what all I would have missed." Image Credit: Kristen Hammond

Susan's husband, Curt, posted this remembrance on her blog Toddler Planet:

Goodbye

Susan Niebur passed away on February 6, 2012 after a lifetime of love, crusades, and strength. Over the last five years she lived with inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer that presents without a lump. She chronicled her life with cancer here on her blog Toddler Planet with honesty and emotion that were even more rare and aggressive.

She is survived by her family, friends, achievements, and the indelible marks she made on people around the world. In lieu of flowers, please consider furthering Susan's legacy through a contribution to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Or please choose to make a difference somewhere, anywhere, to anyone.

I can't begin to describe how her friends, those physically nearby and those she knew only on the internet, enabled her to carry on through five years of treatment and recurrence. Many of you have commented on Susan's strength and grace, but these were traits that she pulled from all of you.

Thank you all,

Curt Niebur (WhyDaddy)


Asteroid Named in Susan's Honor

Trained as an astrophysicist, Susan Niebur (1978-2012) was a former Discovery Program Scientist at NASA and contributed to space-science policy. She founded the Women in Planetary Science and Toddler Planet websites. Name suggested by A. Sohus.

113394 Niebur (2002 SN21)

An orbit diagram of Susan's asteroid.
An orbit diagram of Susan's asteroid.

Last Updated: 3 January 2013


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