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    Preston - Associate Director of Flight Projects/Program Manager for the HST Program

    Head shot photo of Preston Burch What do you do in your job?
    I am the Associate Director of Flight Projects/Program Manager for HST at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I am responsible for the overall operations and on-orbit servicing of Hubble, its science program, and the development of science instruments and spacecraft components. Prior to serving in this position, I was the Deputy Associate Director of Space Science Operations and Project Manager for the HST Operations Project, with responsibility for mission operations, science operations, servicing operations, ground system development and maintenance, and flight software development and maintenance for the HST observatory. I also served as the Deputy Project Manager for the HST Operations Project.

    Education
    B.S. in Physics from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

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    Frank - Deputy Associate Director for the HST Development Project

    Head shot photo of Frank Cepollina What do you do in your job?
    I am the Deputy Associate Director for the HST Development Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I lead a team of engineers and technicians who are responsible for developing new science instruments and replacement hardware and on-orbit servicing that has kept Hubble on the cutting edge of technology for more than 18 years.

    Education
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Clara.

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    Mansoor - Deputy Associate Director of Space Science Operations at Goddard Space Flight Center

    Head shot photo of Mansoor Ahmed What do you do in your job?
    I am the Deputy Associate Director of Space Science Operations at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I serve as the project manager for the Hubble Operations project, leading a large team of engineers and scientists who ensure that Hubble produces the highest quality astronomical research without jeopardizing the health and safety of this national asset.

    Education
    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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    Mike - Deputy Associate Director/Technical for the Hubble Space Telescope

    Head shot photo of Mike Weiss What do you do in your job?
    I am the Deputy Associate Director/Technical for the Hubble Space Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center. In this capacity, I lead the technical development of all program activities, including servicing, operations, and advanced studies. I also directed the systems development for the first two Hubble servicing missions.

    Education
    BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Keith - Deputy Manager of the HST Operations Project at Goddard Space Flight Center

    Head shot photo of Keith Kalinowski What do you do in your job?
    I am the Deputy Manager of the HST Operations Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In this capacity, I manage the technical activities of the Project team, formulate and defend the Project’s budget, keep activities on schedule, and ensure that HST Operations is primed and fully ready for Servicing Mission 4 and the post-mission orbital verification period that follows the mission. I have served in a variety of Hubble positions over the years.

    What is your role in Servicing Mission 4?
    For SM 4, I will serve as a member of the HST Project team at the Johnson Space Center and will be the primary interface to HST operations at Goddard during the 12-hour shifts that include the mission’s five planned spacewalks, or EVAs.

    Education
    B.A. in Physics from Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysics and Astronomy, respectively from Indiana University.

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    Edward - Deputy Program Manager for the HST Program

    Head shot photo of Ed Ruitberg What is your role in Servicing Mission 4?
    I am the Deputy Program Manager for the HST Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I am responsible for overall management of SM4 development, HST mission operations, and science operations. During SM4, I will be in charge of the HST Project Management Team at Goddard during the Extravehicular Activity (orbit) shift.

    What other jobs have you had?
    I have worked at Goddard for more than 40 years; with more than 25 years on the HST Project in positions that span the areas of operational ground systems development, flight software development, science operations management, HST servicing mission operations, and program/project management.

    Education
    B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

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    Mike - Deputy Project Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope Development Project

    Head shot photo of Mike Kienlen What do you do in your job?
    I am the Deputy Project Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope Development Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I assist the project manager in managing the development of flight hardware for the Hubble servicing missions. I helped lead the successful execution of three Hubble missions, and I am currently preparing for SM4.

    What did you do before your current position?
    Before my current position, I served as the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Mission Manager on STS-95, “the John Glenn mission.” This flight included experimental equipment that was later installed on Hubble to reactivate a dormant scientific camera. While serving in this position, I was also the Hubble Space Telescope Space Support Equipment Manager, managing the preparation of the carriers that deliver Hubble equipment to orbit.

    Education
    Two BS degrees, one in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and another in Physics from Shippensburg State University, Penn.

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    Jon - Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters

    Head shot photo of Jon Morse What do you do in your job?
    I am the Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. I am responsible for the management of over twenty flight projects including Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, and Fermi as well as future missions like James Webb Space Telescope and WISE. My Division also funds peer-reviewed research to study the origin and evolution of planets, stars and galaxies, including such phenomena as supernovae, neutron stars and black holes.

    What other jobs have you had?
    During my career I have had quite a lot of association with Hubble. In the early 1990’s I worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, and from 1997-2003 I was Project Scientist of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument that will be installed on Hubble during SM4. I’ve also used Hubble images and data in many of my research papers on subjects such as star formation, high-mass stars, supernovae and supernova remnants, and active galaxies. While Hubble is and has been a major component of NASA’s astrophysics program, it’s my job to ensure we maintain a fleet of world-class observatories in space to study virtually every aspect of the universe. At the same time, we are working with the scientific community to plan future missions to help unravel the new mysteries now at the forefront of scientific study, such as dark matter and dark energy. I am also interested in space policy.

    Education
    Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of North Carolina.

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    Michael - NASA Headquarters HST Program Executive

    Head shot photo of Mike Moore What do you do in your job?
    I am the NASA Headquarters HST Program Executive. I lead all program/project activities for HST at HQ except those dealing with the science content of the mission. I ensure the program is executed according to approved NASA processes and act as the primary interface with the program managers at the Centers to ensure a complete understanding of their status. I also independently assess performance against technical, schedule and budget requirements.

    Who do you work with?
    Together with the HQ Program Scientist, and Program Analyst, we make up the HQ management team for the day-to-day activities of HQ and the Program.

    Education
    B.A. in History from Arkansas Tech University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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    Meet the Hubble Servicing Team