Servicing Mission 4 > Career of the Day

My name: Holly
My career: Education specialist

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I work with a team that uses Hubble discoveries to develop instructional resource materials for K-12 educators and students. I also help develop content for the Amazing Space web site and help administer NASA grant programs.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
I began my career as a classroom teacher and was inspired to go into the education field by both family members and personal experiences. I was also lucky enough to have a lot of great teachers in school, and they inspired me as well.
What I like about my job:
I like working with a lot of different talented people who I can learn new things from. I also like working for a program that helps teachers and students all over the country.
What school subjects do I use at work?
Reading, writing, science, and math.
Resources I would recommend checking out to
learn more about my career:
Many educators belong to a professional organization called the National Education Association (NEA). The NEA sponsors a program called "Future Teachers of America." "Future Teachers of America" clubs help middle and high school students learn more about teaching as a career choice.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
I enjoy reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
My name:
Lynn
My career:
Satellite systems
engineering manager

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.
Resources I would recommend checking out to learn more about my career:
The Space Telescope Science Institute web site, http://www.stsci.edu
"LIVE from the Hubble Space Telescope," A Passport of Knowledge Project, http://passporttoknowledge.com/hst/
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.
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