Meeting: Nov. 14th at 5 PM

Abstract: Hubble Service Mission #4

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“Come join us for dramatic visualizations of preparations underway for Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope, scheduled for August 2008. This will be NASA’s last Shuttle-based servicing mission to upgrade Hubble’s scientific capability and extend Hubble’s operational life. View new animations and hear from Hubble’s Deputy Program Manager Mike Weiss as he discusses the two new science instruments and other components that astronauts will install on the telescope to vastly improve its scientific and operational capability.”  

About the Speaker:

Mr. Michael Weiss – Program Management: Mr. Weiss is currently the Deputy Program Manager of the Hubble Space Telescope Program at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1978 and 1983, respectively. From 1978 to 1990, he led the systems engineering activities for numerous earth and space science spacecraft including the Solar Maximum Mission, the Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite, the Gamma Ray Observatory and Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer. He also managed the systems engineering activities for the first Shuttle-based satellite repair mission, the Solar Maximum Repair Mission, which flew in 1984. He directed the systems development of the first two Hubble servicing missions that flew in 1993 and 1997, respectively. In this capacity, he was responsible developing the mission design and defining all hardware to support these highly complex missions. He spent over 200 hours in NASA Neutral Buoyancy tanks training the flight crews. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the Deputy Division Chief of Goddard’s Systems Engineering Division, which served as a home-base for all earth and space science mission systems engineers. In 1998 he returned to Hubble as the Deputy Program Manager to lead the technical development of all program activities, including servicing, operations and advanced studies. Under his technical direction, Hubble continues to function as the world’s premier observational facility