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Randy Kimble
12.09.08
Randy Kimble

Randy Kimble is a scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Image Credit: NASA

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What is your role with Hubble?

I work with the Wide Field Camera 3. This is a very exciting new camera. Astronauts will attach this camera to Hubble. There's already a very good camera on Hubble. But this new one will take even better pictures of space.

What makes Hubble special?

Hubble is a wonderful tool. It helps us understand how the universe works. It also shows how the universe has changed in the past. And it shows how the universe will change in the future. It's exciting to think that we can understand these things.

Hubble also lets us see the beauty of the universe. The universe is filled with beautiful objects. Hubble pictures bring that beauty to everyone.

How did you become interested in science?

It all started when my mother got me a book called "Our Sun and the Worlds Around It." She got it at a school book fair when I was in elementary school. I've been interested in science and science books ever since.

I was also excited when humans first traveled to space in the 1960s. I remember going to the school cafeteria to watch the Mercury launches. Mercury was the name of the first American spacecraft to carry people into space.

What advice would you give to students who are interested in science?

Take all the science and math you can. Talk to people who have jobs in science. When you're old enough, work for a scientist during the summer. This will give you an idea of what this sort of work is like. Good luck!


Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies