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My name: Lisa
My career: Astronomical
image processor

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I am an astronomer and an artist. I make three-color scientific and aesthetically interesting (artistic) images for the Hubble Space Telescope.
What or who inspired me to really go after the profession I am in now?
Astronomy Professor Ron Chaldu, SUNY (State University of New York) Oswego (now retired).
What I like about my job:
My work is very presentation oriented. I work on an image, and then it is completed, and I move on to the next image. I have worked on over 200 images over the last 10 years. My work place is very flexible, lots of vacation, can pick my own hours, work from home.
What school subjects do I use at work?
Astronomy, a little bit of math, computers, and psychology in my dealings with people.
Resources I would recommend checking out to learn more about my career:
Because the pictures are so enjoyable (yes I can brag!), any current book or website about astronomy. Specifically, web sites about the Hubble Space Telescope, and my project — the Hubble Heritage Project.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
Spend it with my husband and kids. Read. I watch very little TV (two shows a week) or movies (rent one every other week). Take singing/piano lessons.
My name:
Cheryl
My career:
Media production
coordinator

How do I contribute to the Hubble
Space Telescope mission?
I lead the team that produces the Hubble news release products, and I coordinate media relations for the Space Telescope Science Institute.
What or who inspired me to really go after the
profession I am in now?
I really enjoyed learning the rather complicated terminology used during my first job at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. It inspired me to pursue a career in public information and science communication.
What I like about my job:
I like working with scientists and astronomers to help share their research results with the public.
What school subjects do I use at work?
Writing, math, and science.
Resources I would recommend checking out to learn more about my career:
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, http://www.aaas.org/, provides very good information for students interested in science and science communication.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
I enjoy cooking, fishing, music, reading, and travel.
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