Cycle 2 Hubble Space Telescope Amateur Astronomers and Co-Investigators
Six amateur astronomers will have a rare opportunity to use NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to conduct original research. Officials at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) announced today that the observations were chosen from proposals submitted by amateur astronomers across the nation. The amateur programs will use the Hubble Space Telescope to study the birth of stars, spectroscopically probe the atmosphere of the giant moon Titan, attempt to settle a controversial theory regarding the nature of the cosmological redshift, and search for binary asteroids and dying comets.
The winning amateur astronomers are Nancy Cox (retired nurse), Karl Hricko (high-school teacher), George Lewycky (programmer/analyst), Harald Schenk (civil engineer), James Secosky (high-school science teacher), and Benjamin Weiss (college student).
The Cycle 2 amateurs and their co-investigators pictured in this group photo taken at the Space Telescope Science Institute are:
(Top row, left to right): Benjamin Weiss, Winslow Burleson, Karl Hricko, Harald Schenk, and Joseph Mitterando.
(Middle row, left to right): Lewis Thomas and Riccardo Giacconi (STScI Director)
(Bottom row, left to right): James Secosky, Rurmini Sichitiu, George Lewycky, and Nancy Cox.