Behind over 30+ years of Hubble observations is a group of people who work together to ensure its mission succeeds. With a team that includes engineers, scientists, operators, communicators, and many other roles, each member plays a crucial role in the telescope's success.
The Hubble staff came to NASA with a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills, but we all share a common goal: to keep Hubble at peak performance, each by using our own unique skillsets, so it can continue to make exciting discoveries that enhance our understanding of the universe we live in.
Hubble Project Manager
Hubble's amazing discoveries are made possible thanks to NASA's teamwork with other space agencies, companies, and institutions. The telescope's mission is a joint collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), who provided instruments and solar panels for Hubble, as well as personnel to assist with science operations. In turn, ESA scientists are guaranteed 15% of Hubble's observing time.
Though Hubble's main base of operations is NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, several NASA centers across the country have worked together throughout Hubble's mission to procure technology and support needed to keep the mission on track and running successfully.
- Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Manages the Hubble project, performs operations and developed hardware and tools for servicing missions
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Developed Wide Field Planetary Cameras 1 and 2
- Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Provided human spaceflight support for servicing missions
- Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Managed launch support for deployment and servicing missions
- Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Managed spacecraft development and maintains a battery testbed
NASA has also formed lasting partnerships with other institutions who provide ongoing support for the Hubble Space Telescope and other NASA missions. Hubble has been conceived, built, assembled, operated and managed by a diverse group of thousands of scientists, engineers and technicians around the world working for the many partners that make up the Hubble team. The primary current partners include:
- Lockheed Martin
Provides mission operations and system engineering
- Space Telescope Science Institute
Manages the science program and conducts science operations