Historian for the Hubble Space Telescope Project

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Job Type: null

Application Deadline: June 30, 2014


The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Project, located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is seeking an historian to document the operational phase of HST, which was launched in April 1990 and remains the world’s premier space observatory. Dr. Robert Smith in his monograph, ‘The Hubble Space Telescope,’ summarized the development of the observatory. Now a follow-up study is desired of the operational phase of the mission. As an example for future science endeavors, we wish to document the motivation and efforts of a large, diverse community–from technicians to engineers, managers, astronauts and astronomers–that led to extraordinary scientific advances which continue today.

The Contractor shall gather materials relevant to the operational phase; interview individuals involved in the day-to-day operations, science oversight, preparation and execution of the five shuttle-based servicing missions; the development of the second- and third-generation instruments; the peer review process; and the observations and dissemination of scientific results both to scientists and the general public. While the research would be centered at GSFC, interactions with the National Air and Space Museum and with Space Telescope Science Institute are expected.

Travel is anticipated to key facilities involved in HST operations, instrument development and research institutions, as well as conferences on HST scientific results, especially to interview those involved in the various phases of the mission.

The period of performance will be three years from award.

Products would include archived interviews, collected documents, intermediate reports, articles, oral presentations and a publishable book-length monograph. 

Proposers should provide a cover letter, a curriculum vita, a plan and schedule for carrying out this project, a proposed budget, and endorsement by a sponsoring institution.  The deadline is June 30, 2014. A full description of the activity can be obtained through the Acquisition Notice Posting of solicitation number NNG14500087Q at the Federal Business Opportunities website: https://www.fbo.gov . The point of contact is Tamika R. Seaforth, email: Tamika.R.Seaforth@nasa.gov

Posted: April 22, 2014