Behind the Scenes: Hubble Mission Control

Photographs by Rebecca Roth

September 14 – January 31

Go behind the scenes at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and into the mission operations of the Hubble Space Telescope, with NASA photographer Rebecca Roth.

Goddard is home to the Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project, the team of technical managers and scientists who oversee all aspects of the Hubble mission. The Hubble operations team at Goddard is responsible for those functions of the mission that assure the health, safety, and performance of the spacecraft.


Examples of the work performed by the operations team include commanding the spacecraft, monitoring and adjusting the spacecraft’s systems (power, thermal, data management, pointing control, etc.), developing flight software, upgrading the control center’s hardware and software, and maintaining the network and ground systems.


Though she didn’t realize it, Rebecca spent much of her career preparing for her current position as a social media specialist and image coordinator at Goddard. Rebecca studied documentary photography at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) before she started at NASA 11 years ago. Early in her career, Rebecca worked as a photojournalist and then photo
editor for newspapers, including Roll Call; magazines, including USA Weekend; and National Geographic’s Television and Film Division.

Go behind the scenes at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and into the mission operations of the Hubble Space
Telescope.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Roth/NASA’S Goddard Space Flight Center

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