Space Telescope Science Institute records Edit


MS 0500


  • 1964-2008 (Creation)


  • 127.42 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    101 record center cartons, 3 letter half-size document boxes, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches), 1 flat boxes (15.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches)




  • Abstract

    The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and for the James Webb Space Telescope.These records reflect much of the administrative and scientific activities of the STScI, from the early planning stages of the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1960s to the Next Generation (James Webb) Space Telescope in the early 21st century.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Requests for access to this collection should be directed to the Space Telescope Science Institute Library,

  • Scope and Contents

    These records reflect much of the administrative and scientific activities of the Space Telescope Science Institute, from the early planning stages of the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1960s to the Next Generation (James Webb) Space Telescope in the early 21st century. It includes materials from the Director's Office; materials collected by Daniel Golombek, currently Chief of Staff, in his long tenure with the Institute; scientific materials about the Hubble Space Telescope, its mission and instrumentation; and a large variety of materials collected by the Institute Library. Some financial and contract materials are minimally represented due to the contractual nature of the Institute's funding from NASA and management oversight by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). Some materials are considered closed at this time, including documentation relating to observing proposals.

    This project was made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Center for the History of Physics, American Institute of Physics, as well as matching funds from the Space Telescope Science Institute.

  • Institutional History Note

    The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) was established in 1981 through the combined efforts of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its original purpose was to be the research institute for the Edwin P. Hubble Space Telescope (HST), launched in a low-earth orbit in April 1990 via the space shuttle Discovery. This marked the first time that NASA entrusted a scientific undertaking to an independent institute. A home for the institute was chosen on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland after two years of negotiations between NASA and AURA members. Funding is provided contractually through NASA, while management of the institute is overseen by AURA.

    STScI worked with NASA and many contractors to design the instruments that formed Hubble's original payload. These consisted of the Wide Field Planetary Camera 1 (WFPC1), Faint Object Spectrometer (FOS), Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS), High Speed Photometer (HSP), and the Faint Object Camera (FOC). The Institute also evaluates observing proposals, schedules observation time, processes and archives the telescope's data for future scientific research, and formulates and provides public outreach activities for HST. The Institute is also the science and operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and data archive for all of NASA's optical/UV missions through the Multimission Archive at Space Telescope (MAST).

  • Arrangement

    The series were defined by the actual or perceived office of origin, according to labeling or information on or within the boxes. Materials were listed as they were found, and may overlap other series herein.

  • Provenance

    Transferred from STSCI in March-October 2008

  • Processing Information

    Some duplicate materials were removed. Material in binders was foldered and labeled with binder information. Metal clips were removed. Some materials were photocopied, if possible, from overhead transparencies, blueprints, colored paper, damaged paper, yellowing paper.

  • Appraisal

    Items removed from the collection include: Personal materials, employee reviews, resumes, Human Resources items of a personal or individual nature pertaining to job performance, hiring, separation, disputes, etc.; Financial and contractual reporting documents marked as private and confidential; Unreadable digital materials, including backup tapes returned to STScI; unreadable 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch floppy diskettes; Personal records of Director Steven Beckwith that predated his tenure at STScI.

  • Appendix A: Acronyms

    The following is a partial listing of the acronyms found in the Finding Aid and Records of the Space Telescope Science Institute. See additional acronym lists found in the collection in Box 59.


    Assembly and Verification


    Academic Affairs Division


    American Astronomical Society


    Advanced Camera


    Advanced Camera for Surveys


    Astrophysics Data System


    Astrometry and Engineering Data Processing system


    Announcement of Opportunity


    Astronomy Information Service


    Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.


    Back-end Redesign for Added Value for Observers


    Control & Data Handling


    Complaints and Restrictions




    Calibration Pipeline Software for ACS


    Committee for AURA Management Assessment


    Complaints and Restrictions Document


    Charge Coupled Device


    Calibration Data Base Software (or System)


    Configuration Management and Quality Assurance Branch


    Configuration Management Requirements

    <abbr>COB </abbr>

    Computer Operations Branch


    Cosmic Origins Spectrograph


    Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement


    Computer Sciences Corporation


    Data Archive and Distribution Service


    Data Capture Facility


    Director's Discretionary Research Fund


    Director's Leadership Forum


    Data Management Facility


    Data Management Subsystem


    Director's Office


    Data Requirements Document


    Data Systems Division


    Data System Operations Branch


    European Coordinating Facility


    Electrical Ground Support Equipment


    Educational and Public Affairs Office


    Early Release Observations


    European Space Agency


    Engineering Support Branch


    European Southern Observatory


    Engineering and Software Services


    Electrical Support Test Equipment


    Extra Vehicular Activities


    Fine Guidance System or Fine Guidance Sensor


    Fixed-Head Star Tracker/Rate Sensing Unit


    Flexible Image Transport System


    Faint Object Camera


    Faint Object Spectrograph


    Full Time Equivalent


    GSSS Archive Support Project


    GSSS Astrometric Support Program


    Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph


    Grants Management System


    General Observer


    Guide Star Catalog


    Goddard Space Flight Center


    Guide Star Selection System


    Guide Star Selection System Specification


    Ground Systems Test


    Guaranteed Time Observation/Observer


    Hubble Deep Field


    Hubble Fellow


    Hubble Legacy Archive


    HST Observation Problem Report


    Huntsville Operations Support Center


    High Resolution Spectrograph


    High Speed Photometer


    Hubble Space Telescope


    Hubble Space Telescope Anomaly Report


    Interface Control Document


    Image Display Interfaces


    Instrument Development Team


    Image-Dissector Tubes


    Interactive Graphics Interpreter


    Interim Institute Visiting Committee


    Instruments Department




    Image Reduction and Analysis Facility


    Information Systems Development Branch


    Instrument Science Report


    Institute Visiting Committee


    Jet Propulsion Laboratory


    Job Summary Report


    James Webb Space Telescope


    Low Ionization Nuclear Emission-line Regions


    Lockheed Missile and Space Company


    Multi-Anode Microchannel Array


    Multimission Archive at Space Telescope


    Mechanical Ground Support Equipment


    Mission Operations Contractor


    Mission Operations Ground System


    Mission Operations, Systems Engineering, and Software


    Marshall Space Flight Center


    Mechanical Support Test Equipment


    National Aeronautics Space Administration


    NASA Equipment Management System


    Next Generation Space Telescope


    Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer


    National Optical Astronomy Observatories


    National Space Biomedical Research Institute


    NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer, model 1


    Organization Breakdown Structure


    Optical Control System


    Operations and Data Management Department


    Operations Project Office


    Operations Division


    Operations Support System


    Orbital Status Display Board


    Observatory Support Group


    Observation Support System


    OSS Enhancement Turnover Test


    Optical Telescope Assembly


    Orbital Verification


    POCC Application Software Support


    Pointing Control System


    Photon Detector Assembly


    Project Data Base


    Proposal Entry Processor


    Payload Operations Control Center


    Post Observation Data Processing System


    Program Operating Plan


    Preliminary Operations Requirements and Test Support


    Project to Re-Engineer Space Telescope Observing


    Research Assistant


    Review Item Discrepancy


    Remote Interface Units


    root mean square


    Remote Proposal Submission System


    Research Support Advisory Committee


    Research Support Branch


    Routine Science Data Processing


    Research Support and Laboratories Branch


    Reaction Wheel Assembly




    South Atlantic Anomaly


    Solar Array Drive Electronics


    System Audit and Design Review


    Science Assessment Observations


    Small Business & Small Disadvantaged Businesses


    Science Computing and Research Support Division


    STScI Facility


    Standard Calibration Sources


    Science Data Analysis Software Functional Specification


    Science and Engineering Systems Division


    Science Instrument


    Science Instruments Branch


    Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility


    Servicing Mission Observatory Verification


    Science Mission Specification


    Science Operations Branch


    Science Operations Ground System


    Statement of Work


    Science Programs Branch or Science Planning Branch


    Science Programs Division


    Software Problem Reports


    Science Program Selection Office


    Science Planning and Scheduling System


    Software Requirements Document


    Support Software


    Science Software Branch


    Science Support Division


    Science Software Group


    Space Telescope Science Institute


    Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility


    Space Telescope Advisory Committee


    Space Telescope Institute Council


    Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph


    Space Telescope Operations Control Center


    Space Telescope Observatory Management System


    Space Telescope Observatory Performance and Assessment Team


    Space Telescope Project - Goddard


    Space Telescope Science Data Analysis System


    Space Telescope Science & Operations Project


    Space Telescope Users Committee


    Science Verification


    Science Working Group


    synthetic photometry (package for STSDAS that runs with IRAF)


    Target Acquisition


    Telescope Allocation Committee


    Time Allocation Committee


    TAC Operations Support (part of PEP)


    Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System


    Telescope and Instruments Branch


    Telescope and Instruments Performance Summary


    Telescope Systems


    Telescope Time Review Board


    United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope


    User Support Branch




    Work Breakdown Structure


    Wide-Field and Planetary Camera


    Wide Field Camera

  • Related Material

    JHU Archives, Collection #7, Hubble Space Telescope Collection, 1962-1991, records compiled by Robert W. Smith.

    MS 402, William G. Fastie Papers, 1937-1997

    Arthur Davidson papers (unprocessed)

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Questions about creating copies or otherwise using this collection should be directed to the Space Telescope Science Institute Library,

  • Preferred Citation

    [Name of folder or item], [Date], [Box number], [Folder number], [Collection title], [Collection number], Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University.

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