How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I manage the Hubble Space Telescope Flight Operations Team (FOT). I also oversee the procedures the FOT uses to command and monitor the telescope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I work Mondays through Fridays and represent the FOT at meetings. I also inform the FOT about upcoming hardware and software changes. I occasionally work the nightshift to communicate with FOT staff and to train for Hubble's servicing missions.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
Physicist Sally Ride's historic ride into space as the first female American astronaut inspired me to major in physics in college. After graduation, Ed Venter, who was looking for a physics major, offered me a job on a rotating shift as a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Flight Operations Team Flight Controller. That work inspired me to remain with HST Missions Operations.
What I like about my job:
I like working for NASA in satellite space operations.
I like helping coworkers and employees.
I like continuously learning something new every day.
I play a small role in ensuring that the Hubble Space Telescope continues to operate properly, taking awesome images and discovering the universal secrets that have rewritten science books and disproved theories.
What school subjects do I use at work?
I use mostly communications and learning skills.
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What I like to do when I'm not working:
I'm married and have 2 boys (ages 7 and 5 years). I also swim and play on one of NASA's men's softball teams.