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My name: Carol
My career: Astronomer

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
Currently, I am the Deputy of the Community Missions Office (CMO) at STScI. Mine is the division that finds creative solutions and applies expertise from Hubble to new scientific missions and programs. I also direct the education activities of the National Virtual Observatory. My expertise is in science education, information technologies, user interfaces, and stellar populations in astronomy.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
My interest in astronomy and physics likely had early roots in growing up in a dark suburb where the summer nights unveiled the rich tapestry of stars overhead. I was not a child telescope operator, however, as I had more interest in a bright sun, hot weather, and enjoying the ocean or a pool! I grew to like the sciences as my favorite subjects — opening new ways to view the world around us. In my teens and in college, being in science was also fairly radical. It set me apart from most people.
What I like about my job:
My job demands creativity and unusual thinking - what is new? How can we do things a different way? I like to examine things from many perspectives and play with many ideas on a subject.
What school subjects do I use at work?
Physics, art, and math.
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What I like to do when I'm not working:
I love flying, whether in a plane or jumping out of it!
My name:
Lori
My career:
Senior web
developer

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I develop and post content for the Hubble web sites for which I am responsible. I also coordinate and post content that others develop. I attend meetings and discuss ideas and schedules with others, but I mostly work at my computer.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
When I started my career, there was no World Wide Web, so I was doing other things. At one point, I had a job that didn't change much, so there was not an opportunity to learn new things. I decided to pursue a web developer career because the web technology is always changing and it allows me to learn new things; this keeps me motivated and helps my brain stay active!
What I like about my job:
I like providing information to the public in an interesting way and making it easy to find. I like the fact that the subject matter I work with is science related. I am also able to learn new software soon after it is released so that the web sites keep up with the latest web technology.
What school subjects do I use at work?
I use my science, computer programming, and communications background. It is very important that the spelling and grammar in the material I post is correct and that it is easy to read.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
I work with a few other people on a sports race car for a friend, who is the car's driver. We spend time in his garage replacing and upgrading parts just like on the Hubble, but we don't have to ride the space shuttle to get there! We also go to the track with him when he has a race and fix anything that needs fixing. I also like to read and garden, and I grow orchids.
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