Servicing Mission 4 Team Audio Slide Show Profiles

    image contains head shot photos of the 9 people that are featured via audio slide show. A servicing mission takes place in space and on the ground. While astronauts spacewalk through the actual repairs, a vast network of people on Earth are actively working to ensure the mission's success.

    Members of the Hubble team introduce themselves in this audio slide show. Join them as they describe their jobs, motivations, and memorable moments.

Servicing Mission 4 Team at NASA Headquarters

    Jon Morse - Director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters

    Head shot photo of Jon Morse 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. 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 have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of North Carolina, and, in addition to astronomy, I have an interest in space policy.

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    Eric Smith - NASA Headquarters HST Program Scientist

    Head shot photo of Eric Smith I am the NASA Headquarters HST Program Scientist. I am responsible for monitoring and managing the science program for HST and ensuring the mission remains viable and true to NASA strategic objectives. I review materials from the project for their scientific validity and alignment with NASA goals and attend status meetings to report findings to upper management. I also devote time to the James Webb Space Telescope as it’s a developing program, and to research and analysis programs for infrared and submillimeter astronomy. I have a B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Virginia and a M.A. and Ph.D in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Michael Moore - NASA Headquarters HST Program Executive

    Head shot photo of Mike Moore 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. 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. I have a 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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Servicing Mission 4 Team at Goddard Space Flight Center

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

    Head shot photo of Preston Burch 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. I have a B.S. in Physics from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

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    Edward Ruitberg - Deputy Program Manager for the HST Program

    Head shot photo of Ed Ruitberg 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. 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. I have a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

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    Art Whipple - Lead Mission Systems Engineer for Hubble Space Telescope

    Head shot photo of Art Whipple I am the Lead Mission Systems Engineer for Hubble Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I am responsible for leading the HST systems engineering team through the development cycle – from defining initial requirements, through design, assembly, test, integration, launch and orbital operations. During SM4 I will serve as the HST Servicing Mission Manager on the planning shift. On this shift I begin my day between the time the astronauts complete an ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) or spacewalk, and when they sleep. I work with the entire HST and Shuttle operations teams to check-out the equipment they installed on the telescope during the previous EVA and prepare any required changes to procedures and notes for the next EVA. I have a B.A. in Mathematics from University of Rochester, a M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas, Austin.

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

    Head shot photo of Mike Weiss 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. I received a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Frank Cepollina - Deputy Associate Director for the HST Development Project

    Head shot photo of Frank Cepollina 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. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Clara.

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

    Head shot photo of Mike Kienlen 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. 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. I have two BS degrees, one in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and another in Physics from Shippensburg State University, Penn.

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

    Head shot photo of Mansoor Ahmed 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. I have a 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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    Keith Kalinowski - Deputy Manager of the HST Operations Project at Goddard Space Flight Center

    Head shot photo of Keith Kalinowski 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. 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. I have a 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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    David Leckrone - HST Senior Project Scientist

    Head shot photo of David Leckrone I am the HST Senior Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I provide scientific leadership for all aspects of the Hubble program, including program management, spacecraft and science operations, development of new scientific instruments and in-orbit servicing. I ensure the scientific requirements for the Hubble program are achieved and that the telescope is scientifically productive and successful over its long lifetime. I serve as a member of the Hubble senior management team, helping plan and guide each servicing mission. During the mission I sit with our team in the Flight Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, monitoring how the mission is progressing and participating in discussions of how to respond should a contingency arise. I have a B.S. in Physics from Purdue University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from UCLA.

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    Malcolm Niedner - HST Deputy Senior Project Scientist

    Head shot photo of Malcolm Niedner I am the HST Deputy Senior Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and have served in this capacity since 1993. Along with the senior project scientist, I advise and work with the HST Program Office in all the major functional areas, including servicing mission preparation and execution; the development of new science instruments; science operations and on-orbit anomaly resolution; public affairs activities including scientific press release development and review; work closely with colleagues at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore; and am involved in programmatic planning for the future. During SM4, I will serve on the management team, staffing a 12-hour ‘orbit shift’ at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center involving the EVAs, or spacewalks. I have a B.A. in Physics from Brown University and an M. A. and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Indiana University.

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    Ken Carpenter - HST Operations Project Scientist

    Head shot photo of Ken Carpenter I am the HST Operations Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I provide scientific leadership, advice, guidance, and oversight to the Operations Project Manager and staff. I also monitor the in-orbit performance of flight instruments and other spacecraft systems, provide scientific guidance in the assessment and resolution of spacecraft anomalies, support preparations for and execution of HST servicing missions, support the development of future science instruments operations, and oversee current science operations at the Space Telescope Science Institute. During the Servicing Mission I will work on the Management Planning Shift in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) at Goddard. In this role, I will act as a liaison between the HST Project and the individual science teams, oversee analysis of data from the functional tests performed in-orbit on the new and repaired science instruments and lead the reporting of these results to senior project management, and provide general advice to project management on scientific priorities if trade-offs have to be made during the mission due to unexpected difficulties in servicing the telescope. I have a B.A. and M.A. in Astronomy from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from The Ohio State University.

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    Randy Kimble - HST Development Project Scientist

    Head shot photo of Randy Kimble I am the HST Development Project Scientist, responsible for ensuring all new hardware developed for SM4 meets its scientific goals. I am also the Instrument Scientist for the Wide Field Camera 3. The HST Project developed this facility instrument on behalf of the astronomical community and as such has no principal investigator. We have a local science team that is responsible for dealing with day-to-day issues related to the instrument's scientific performance and for carrying out its ground calibration. In addition, an external Science Oversight Committee, chaired by Prof. Robert O'Connell of the University of Virginia, represents the broader community and provides overall guidance regarding scientific matters. I have a BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and a Master’s and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley also in Physics.

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    Kevin Boyce - Systems Engineer for Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys repair effort

    Head shot photo of Kevin Boyce I am the Systems Engineer for Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys repair effort. My team designed and built an electronics box, designed to keep it cool so it won’t overheat once installed on Hubble, tested the box to ensure it will withstand the rigors of launch, wrote software to run it, and updated the ground system software to control it. We also designed a way to cut into the existing instrument’s hardware in order to remove some of its electronics, and insert our new electronics. I collaborated with all the Hubble engineers and designers for this effort. I received my B.S. in Science from Princeton University, NJ, and a Ph.D from MIT, Massachusetts.

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    Tom Griffin - HST Observatory Manager

    Head shot photo of Tom Griffin. I am the HST Observatory Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My team designed, developed, fabricated, assembled, tested and is delivering the spacecraft systems and components that astronauts will install on Hubble during SM4, including a refurbished Fine Guidance Sensor, gyroscopes, Electrical Control Units, batteries, New Thermal Blanket Layer (NOBL), Soft Capture and Rendezvous System, Fuse Plugs/Modules, and Latch Over-center kits. We also ensure that all spacecraft systems, science instruments, Space Support Equipment and Crew Aids and Tools are brought together, integrated, tested and verified prior to launch. I have a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan.

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    Hsiao Smith - HST Instrument Development Office Manager

    Head shot photo of Hsiao Smith I am the HST Instrument Development Office Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My team is responsible for providing the new science instruments for SM4 – the Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph – along with hardware that will repair the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and Advanced Camera for Surveys on Hubble. I manage the design, fabrication, and test of the two new science instruments and replacement hardware – a collaborative effort involving numerous companies around the country as well as personnel at Goddard. I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Mike Adams - HST Carrier Development Manager

    Head shot photo of Mike Adams I am the HST Carrier Development Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My team is responsible for the Shuttle’s payload bay hardware which will safely deliver the new instruments, electronics, and tools to orbit during SM4. We ensure these items remain secure during launch and landing, and keep them at the proper temperature while on orbit. I am responsible for four carriers for SM4 – the Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC), the Orbital Replaceable Unit Carrier (ORUC), the Flight Support System (FSS), and the Multi-Use Lightweight Equipment (MULE ) Carrier. These structures carry the instruments, avionics, and tools needed during the servicing mission. I also manage the design, fabrication, and test of new hardware that is integrated into the carriers prior to the servicing mission. I have a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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    Ben Reed - HST Lead Materials Assurance Engineer

    Head shot photo of Ben Reed I am the HST Lead Materials Assurance Engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I determine the best material to use to build something, whether it is a new metal super alloy, a high strength plastic or highly reflective glass mirror. If components fail during ground testing it’s my job to determine why, and I also attempt to determine why materials degrade in space. I helped build the new cameras for Hubble, and helped develop the glue which will hold a radiator to Hubble at minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. I attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C., my first year then completed my B.S. in Chemistry from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

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    Jackie Townsend - HST Wide Field Camera 3 Instrument Manager

    Head shot photo of Jackie I am the HST Wide Field Camera 3 Instrument Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My team is responsible for ensuring that WFC3 meets its technical requirements, is assembled on time, and within cost. I direct several engineers, technicians and scientists working at about 10 major organizations around the country to ensure they deliver the best possible instrument to Hubble. I have a B.S. in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Teri Gregory - HST Flight Servicing Project Thermal Systems Lead

    Head shot photo of Teri Gregory I am the HST Flight Servicing Project Thermal Systems lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. My team is responsible for the thermal design, implementation, testing and installation of hardware for SM4. Our three main areas of responsibility involve the new flight Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) for Hubble that will enhance performance and extend the life of the telescope, flight support equipment and carriers that will safely stow hardware during the mission, and Crew Aids and Tools the astronauts will use to change out the ORUs. My team also ensures all flight hardware is maintained within its operating temperature limits during all phases of the mission. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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    Mark Jarosz - HST Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Office Manager

    Head shot photo of Mark Jarosz I am the HST Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Office Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I manage a team that develops EVA procedures, techniques, and tools the astronauts will use to service and repair Hubble. My team trains the astronauts at Goddard and Johnson Space Center using a combination of engineering units, mockups (exact models) and flight hardware. I coordinate and manage all the HST hardware the astronauts practice with at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab water tank as well as provide a team of Scuba divers to support the astronaut EVA crew during underwater training. I served as the Carrier Manager for SM3A and SM3B, responsible for developing and delivering the carrier flight hardware used to transport the Hubble repair instruments, equipment, and tools to orbit aboard the Space Shuttle. I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering form the University of Alabama, Huntsville.

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    Keith Walyus - Servicing Mission Operations Manager

    Head shot photo of Keith Walyus I am the Servicing Mission Operations Manager in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I am responsible for ensuring my team of about 90 engineers is ready to execute the HST servicing mission. I ensure proper procedures are built to command the telescope, the team is properly trained, and the control center is functioning properly.

    During the mission, I will work on console as the Mission Operations Manager (MOM). Each shift will be 12 hours and I will be assigned to the orbit shift, which includes the rendezvous, spacewalks, and deploy of Hubble. The other shift, a 12-hour planning shift, during which any re-planning occurs to make sure our timelines are ready for the next day’s EVAs, or spacewalks, is staffed by Joyce King. I have a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston.

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    Joyce King- Senior Systems Manager for HST

    Head shot photo of Joyce King I am a Senior Systems Manager for HST at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I provide system engineering leadership for all aspects of the Hubble Operations project, including HST operations, life extension and servicing mission activities. During SM4, I will serve as the Mission Operations Manager (MOM) on the planning shift, responsible for all operations in the STOCC. I coordinate with the Servicing Mission Manager and Systems Manager for all nominal mission operations, contingency operations, and Command Plan/Servicing Mission Integrated Timeline re-plan activities. The MOM is the key interface to the Senior Systems Manager at JSC to provide operational status and coordinate all mission critical activities. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Haven and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.
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