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Prof. Hammel was a principal force in planning Hubble's studies of the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter, but has recently been concentrating on Neptune. Like our other Advocates, she is committed to involving the general public in cutting-edge astronomy, and believes the Internet can provide unique access. She sits on the Time Allocation Committee of STScI, and is very much involved in Hubble logistics.
I am an astronomer who writes computer programs to control the exposures taken by the science instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope; my primary responsibility is for the High Resolution Spectrograph, although most of my time these days is occupied by getting ready for the next servicing mission. The scientists who want the pictures or spectra request the details of their exposures (exposure time, filter, instrument, type of exposure), and after their request is processed through some other computer programs, the programs I work with create the
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