I am a Program Coordinator. I work with astronomers who use the Hubble Space Telescope in order to help them specify all of the technical details necessary for performing observations with HST. Once that specification is complete, I then do the work necceary to prepare those observations for execution by the the telescope. The best part about my job is working with the astronomers who use HST and helping them to perform cutting edge observations.
I became interested in astronomy at a young age. I prepared for my current position by obtaining a degree in physics. I read just about any book or magazine and watched just about any television program that had anything to do with astronomy. Of all these, Carl Sagan's Cosmos program was probably the most interesting to me.
My father worked on the Pioneer 10 and 11 missions to Jupiter and Saturn and the Viking missions to Mars. That's probably what got me interested in the first place.
I enjoy camping, hiking, and backpacking especially in mountain areas. I'm currently working on a goal of visiting the highest point in every state. I've been to 23 so far... :)