Jim Jeletic

James F. Jeletic

Hubble Deputy Project Manager

Jim Jeletic is the deputy project manager for the Hubble Space Telescope mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Jeletic’s career at NASA began in 1984 developing orbit, attitude and mission planning ground systems in the flight dynamics organization. His work included specializing in the development of computer applications for visualizing spacecraft and space environment data. He served 13 years in that organization, becoming head of the software engineering branch and a co-director of NASA’s Software Engineering Laboratory.

Jeletic’s involvement with Hubble began in 1998 when he accepted the position of science operations manager. In that position, he coordinated the science side of mission operations, oversaw the administration and budget of the research grant program, and was heavily involved in public outreach. He became Hubble's deputy project manager in 2011 where he supports the project manager in overseeing all aspects of the mission. Jeletic also leads the mission’s outreach and communications effort and is often the voice of Hubble for news-media interview requests. In addition to his Hubble responsibilities, Jeletic supported or led various activities related to establishing the science and operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope, as well as studies and proposals for advanced X-ray telescope missions.

Jeletic was born and raised in Avalon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Engineering degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in engineering management from the George Washington University.

Throughout his career Jeletic has received seven NASA innovation awards for his early work in visualization, 14 NASA agency and center group achievement awards, and a NASA Exceptional Service award for his work on Hubble science operations and outreach.

Jeletic lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and has three children. He enjoys numerous activities including amateur astronomy, sports photography, cycling, and genealogy. As a former NCAA Division I athlete, he officiates yearly at the Penn Relays, the largest track meet outside of the Olympics.

Jim Jeletic with Hubble model
Hubble Deputy Project Manager Jim Jeletic
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Bill Hrybyk