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Parker Receives Exceptional Achievement Award

Release date: Jul 11, 1992 12:00 AM (EDT)

Patricia A. Parker, Head of the Operations Division at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, has received a 1992 Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for her "outstanding leadership and management in the execution and enhancement of the science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

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Release date: Jul 11, 1992
Parker Receives Exceptional Achievement Award

Patricia A. Parker, Head of the Operations Division at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, has received a 1992 Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for her "outstanding leadership and management in the execution and enhancement of the science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

The award is granted by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to individuals whose single exceptional achievement or sustained achievements have contributed significantly to Goddard's mission. GSFC is the managing center for the HST program and provides technical direction to STScI.

Parker is responsible for day-to-day HST science operations at STScI, including weekly generation of new sets of instructions for the spacecraft (science mission specifications or SMSs), near real-time observation activity support by the observation support system, post-observation processing, and computer operations activities. She has 14 years of management experience, 22 years of satellite operations experience, and 7 years of HST-specific experience and knowledge in science operations ground systems, proposal entry processing and guide star selection systems.

STScI's elaborate planning and scheduling program for HST is essential because the spacecraft's low-Earth orbit prevents it from being in constant contact with ground stations, which restricts opportunities for real-time control.

Parker is a native of Le Roy, New York and holds a B.S. in management and technology from American University. She has also received several certificates of appreciation from NASA for her participation in the Space Aerosol Gas Experiment (SAGE), Heat Capacity Mapping Mission (HAMM), Atmospheric Explorer (A), and High Energy Astronomy Observatory Mission (HEAO).