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Hubble Careers
Graphic showing the outline of a group of people under the Hubble and the words Hubble Careers

Over 3,000 people are currently involved in the servicing mission to Hubble. Image Credit: NASA

Hubble careers include astronomy and astrophysics design, materials engineering and model building, product assurance engineering and public affairs, science and science instrument analysis. Throughout its 18-plus-year journey, hundreds of engineers, scientists and technicians around the globe have contributed to Hubble's ability to bring the wonders of the universe to human eyes. These people — whether working at NASA, in the private sector, or at universities and scientific institutes — represent potential careers for students interested in space and science.

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  • Text, Audio, Video and Interactive Career Profiles
  • Learning Modules
  • Related Resource Sites


Hubble Careers in Action

Worker cutting thermal blanketing Technician Brenda Estavia cuts a piece of aluminum kapton film that will become part of a thermal blanket. Image Credit: NASA Learn how Hubble team members use their skills to plan for the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Engineers and Divers— Did you ever wonder how NASA astronauts prepare for Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions? Find out here.

  • Thermal Blanket Fabricators — Learn why the Hubble needs thermal blankets and what skills and materials are needed to make them.

  • Flight Controllers in the Hubble Operations Center — The Hubble would not be able to do what it does without the help of a small group of dedicated engineers and technicians at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • Specialized Tool Developers — A team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center designs and builds the special tools and aids astronauts need when they service the Hubble Space Telescope.


Hubble Stars

This image depicts the front of the Hubble career poster with people in their work environments Meet the people behind the Hubble. Image Credit: NASA The Hubble Stars section features the broad diversity and talents of individuals who help design, build, operate, maintain or tell the story of Hubble. When astronauts visit the Hubble during a servicing mission to upgrade or make repairs to the telescope, a vast network of people on Earth are actively working to ensure the mission's success.

Check out the interactive Hubble Careers poster, video features and audio slide shows as members of the Hubble team introduce themselves. Join them as they describe their jobs, motivations and memorable moments.

Plan to revisit this site as new profiles are posted monthly throughout the 2008-2009 academic year.

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The Humans Behind Hubble

Dust and glowing gases with a mass of bright stars

This picture of the Tarantula Nebula was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA

Space Science Explorers talks with three people working to prolong the life of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Hubble Careers Learning Modules

The letters DLN overlay images of an astronaut and an EVA suit

Register online to investigate careers with your students. Image Credit: NASA

Experience out-of-this world interactive learning modules with NASA's Digital Learning Network. Learn about skills used in engineering and robotic careers. Both are key to the mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Spacebots: Explore career opportunities and educational requirements for working in the field of robotics.
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Introduction to Robotics in the Classroom: What skills do students need to learn robotics and have a future career with robotics?
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Toys in Space: Play the roles of scientists, technicians and engineers during a "Toys in Space" investigation.
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Visit NASA's Digital Learning Network to learn about free, educational video-conferencing and webcasts.
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Related Resource Sites

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