Dr Antonella Nota is the Hubble Project Scientist for the European Space Agency. She is based at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), in Baltimore, where she is responsible for Hubble science policies, interfacing with the astronomical community, and for the Hubble outreach efforts in Europe. A native of Venice, Italy, she joined STScI in 1986 and became a member of the ESA staff in 1990. She spent the first 10 years of her career at STScI supporting Hubble’s instrument science operations, which included leadership roles for the Faint Object Camera (FOC) group, the Observatory Support group, and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) group. She then served as the deputy Head and the Head of the Science Division, and more recently as the head of the Science Mission Office. She has published more than 200 articles in astronomical journals and books, and contributed to press releases and science announcements.
The inspiring story of the Hubble Space Telescope
Friday 31st January 2020: Session One
During its 30 years in orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the Universe, educated both astronomers and the public at large, and inspired new generations of students to become interested in astronomy, space science and engineering. Hubble today is one of the most successful and productive space telescopes ever built but its early start was troubled. Launched in 1990 with great expectations of scientific breakthroughs, the enthusiasm was quickly dampened by the realisation that something was seriously wrong with the telescope. While the pictures were clearer than those of ground-based telescopes, they were not the pristine images promised. Hubble’s mirror had a flaw and Hubble’s images were permanently out of focus. Just how do you recover from that?
Exploring the Universe: Hubble’s 30 year impact on science and society
Saturday 1st February 2020: Session Four
Refurbished in orbit by astronauts five times, Hubble is more powerful and innovative than ever. It continues a relentless investigation into a broad range of astrophysical objects and phenomena. Working in synergy with other observatories, from the ground and space, Hubble continues to be a prominent presence on the astronomical discovery scene and its observing time is in high community demand. Not only has Hubble transformed our knowledge of the Universe but it has greatly impacted culture, society and art for three decades. Its beautiful images connect directly with our souls, sparking the big questions that humanity has been pondering in the centuries: where do we come from? are we alone in the Universe? What is our place in space?