January 27, 1998: An agreement has been reached in principle to appoint Dr. Steven V. W. Beckwith director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore. The agreement is under negotiation and will be finalized in the near future. The appointment becomes effective on Sept. 1, 1998. Dr. Beckwith is currently the managing director of the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.
The STScI carries out the scientific mission of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., manages STScI for NASA. The European Space Agency participates in the Hubble Project under a long-term arrangement with NASA.See the rest: