Space Telescope Science Institute records Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 0500

Dates

  • 1964-2008 (Creation)

Extents

  • 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)

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  • 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, library@stsci.edu.

  • 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.

    <abbr>A&V</abbr>

    Assembly and Verification

    <abbr>AA</abbr>

    Academic Affairs Division

    <abbr>AAS</abbr>

    American Astronomical Society

    <abbr>AC</abbr>

    Advanced Camera

    <abbr>ACS</abbr>

    Advanced Camera for Surveys

    <abbr>ADS</abbr>

    Astrophysics Data System

    <abbr>AEDP</abbr>

    Astrometry and Engineering Data Processing system

    <abbr>AO</abbr>

    Announcement of Opportunity

    <abbr>ASTIS</abbr>

    Astronomy Information Service

    <abbr>AURA</abbr>

    Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc.

    <abbr>BRAVO</abbr>

    Back-end Redesign for Added Value for Observers

    <abbr>C&DH</abbr>

    Control & Data Handling

    <abbr>C&Rs</abbr>

    Complaints and Restrictions

    <abbr>CAL</abbr>

    Calibration

    <abbr>CALACS</abbr>

    Calibration Pipeline Software for ACS

    <abbr>CAMA</abbr>

    Committee for AURA Management Assessment

    <abbr>CARD</abbr>

    Complaints and Restrictions Document

    <abbr>CCC</abbr>

    Charge Coupled Device

    <abbr>CDBS</abbr>

    Calibration Data Base Software (or System)

    <abbr>CMQA</abbr>

    Configuration Management and Quality Assurance Branch

    <abbr>CMR</abbr>

    Configuration Management Requirements

    <abbr>COB </abbr>

    Computer Operations Branch

    <abbr>COS</abbr>

    Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

    <abbr>COSTAR</abbr>

    Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement

    <abbr>CSC</abbr>

    Computer Sciences Corporation

    <abbr>DADS</abbr>

    Data Archive and Distribution Service

    <abbr>DCF</abbr>

    Data Capture Facility

    <abbr>DDRF</abbr>

    Director's Discretionary Research Fund

    <abbr>DLF</abbr>

    Director's Leadership Forum

    <abbr>DMF</abbr>

    Data Management Facility

    <abbr>DMS</abbr>

    Data Management Subsystem

    <abbr>DO</abbr>

    Director's Office

    <abbr>DRD</abbr>

    Data Requirements Document

    <abbr>DSD</abbr>

    Data Systems Division

    <abbr>DSOB</abbr>

    Data System Operations Branch

    <abbr>ECF</abbr>

    European Coordinating Facility

    <abbr>EGSE</abbr>

    Electrical Ground Support Equipment

    <abbr>EPAO</abbr>

    Educational and Public Affairs Office

    <abbr>ERO</abbr>

    Early Release Observations

    <abbr>ESA</abbr>

    European Space Agency

    <abbr>ESB</abbr>

    Engineering Support Branch

    <abbr>ESO</abbr>

    European Southern Observatory

    <abbr>ESS</abbr>

    Engineering and Software Services

    <abbr>ESTE</abbr>

    Electrical Support Test Equipment

    <abbr>EVA</abbr>

    Extra Vehicular Activities

    <abbr>FGS</abbr>

    Fine Guidance System or Fine Guidance Sensor

    <abbr>FHST/RSU</abbr>

    Fixed-Head Star Tracker/Rate Sensing Unit

    <abbr>FITS</abbr>

    Flexible Image Transport System

    <abbr>FOC</abbr>

    Faint Object Camera

    <abbr>FOS</abbr>

    Faint Object Spectrograph

    <abbr>FTE</abbr>

    Full Time Equivalent

    <abbr>GASP</abbr>

    GSSS Archive Support Project

    <abbr>GASP</abbr>

    GSSS Astrometric Support Program

    <abbr>GHRS</abbr>

    Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph

    <abbr>GMS</abbr>

    Grants Management System

    <abbr>GO</abbr>

    General Observer

    <abbr>GSC</abbr>

    Guide Star Catalog

    <abbr>GSFC</abbr>

    Goddard Space Flight Center

    <abbr>GSSS</abbr>

    Guide Star Selection System

    <abbr>GSSSS</abbr>

    Guide Star Selection System Specification

    <abbr>GST</abbr>

    Ground Systems Test

    <abbr>GTO</abbr>

    Guaranteed Time Observation/Observer

    <abbr>HDF</abbr>

    Hubble Deep Field

    <abbr>HF</abbr>

    Hubble Fellow

    <abbr>HLA</abbr>

    Hubble Legacy Archive

    <abbr>HOPR</abbr>

    HST Observation Problem Report

    <abbr>HOSC</abbr>

    Huntsville Operations Support Center

    <abbr>HRS</abbr>

    High Resolution Spectrograph

    <abbr>HSP</abbr>

    High Speed Photometer

    <abbr>HST</abbr>

    Hubble Space Telescope

    <abbr>HSTAR</abbr>

    Hubble Space Telescope Anomaly Report

    <abbr>ICD</abbr>

    Interface Control Document

    <abbr>IDI</abbr>

    Image Display Interfaces

    <abbr>IDT</abbr>

    Instrument Development Team

    <abbr>IDTs</abbr>

    Image-Dissector Tubes

    <abbr>IGI</abbr>

    Interactive Graphics Interpreter

    <abbr>IIVC</abbr>

    Interim Institute Visiting Committee

    <abbr>INS</abbr>

    Instruments Department

    <abbr>IR</abbr>

    Infrared

    <abbr>IRAF</abbr>

    Image Reduction and Analysis Facility

    <abbr>ISDB</abbr>

    Information Systems Development Branch

    <abbr>ISR</abbr>

    Instrument Science Report

    <abbr>IVC</abbr>

    Institute Visiting Committee

    <abbr>JPL</abbr>

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    <abbr>JSR</abbr>

    Job Summary Report

    <abbr>JWST</abbr>

    James Webb Space Telescope

    <abbr>LINERs</abbr>

    Low Ionization Nuclear Emission-line Regions

    <abbr>LMSC</abbr>

    Lockheed Missile and Space Company

    <abbr>MAMA</abbr>

    Multi-Anode Microchannel Array

    <abbr>MAST</abbr>

    Multimission Archive at Space Telescope

    <abbr>MGSE</abbr>

    Mechanical Ground Support Equipment

    <abbr>MOC</abbr>

    Mission Operations Contractor

    <abbr>MOGS</abbr>

    Mission Operations Ground System

    <abbr>MOSES</abbr>

    Mission Operations, Systems Engineering, and Software

    <abbr>MSFC</abbr>

    Marshall Space Flight Center

    <abbr>MSTE</abbr>

    Mechanical Support Test Equipment

    <abbr>NASA</abbr>

    National Aeronautics Space Administration

    <abbr>NEMS</abbr>

    NASA Equipment Management System

    <abbr>NGST</abbr>

    Next Generation Space Telescope

    <abbr>NICMOS</abbr>

    Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer

    <abbr>NOAO</abbr>

    National Optical Astronomy Observatories

    <abbr>NSBRI</abbr>

    National Space Biomedical Research Institute

    <abbr>NSSC-1</abbr>

    NASA Standard Spacecraft Computer, model 1

    <abbr>OBS</abbr>

    Organization Breakdown Structure

    <abbr>OCS</abbr>

    Optical Control System

    <abbr>OPD</abbr>

    Operations and Data Management Department

    <abbr>OPO</abbr>

    Operations Project Office

    <abbr>OPS</abbr>

    Operations Division

    <abbr>OPS</abbr>

    Operations Support System

    <abbr>OSDB</abbr>

    Orbital Status Display Board

    <abbr>OSG</abbr>

    Observatory Support Group

    <abbr>OSS</abbr>

    Observation Support System

    <abbr>OSSETT</abbr>

    OSS Enhancement Turnover Test

    <abbr>OTA</abbr>

    Optical Telescope Assembly

    <abbr>OV</abbr>

    Orbital Verification

    <abbr>PASS</abbr>

    POCC Application Software Support

    <abbr>PCS</abbr>

    Pointing Control System

    <abbr>PDA</abbr>

    Photon Detector Assembly

    <abbr>PDB</abbr>

    Project Data Base

    <abbr>PEP</abbr>

    Proposal Entry Processor

    <abbr>POCC</abbr>

    Payload Operations Control Center

    <abbr>PODPS</abbr>

    Post Observation Data Processing System

    <abbr>POP</abbr>

    Program Operating Plan

    <abbr>PORTS</abbr>

    Preliminary Operations Requirements and Test Support

    <abbr>PRESTO</abbr>

    Project to Re-Engineer Space Telescope Observing

    <abbr>RA</abbr>

    Research Assistant

    <abbr>RID</abbr>

    Review Item Discrepancy

    <abbr>RIUs</abbr>

    Remote Interface Units

    <abbr>rms</abbr>

    root mean square

    <abbr>RPSS</abbr>

    Remote Proposal Submission System

    <abbr>RSAC</abbr>

    Research Support Advisory Committee

    <abbr>RSB</abbr>

    Research Support Branch

    <abbr>RSDP</abbr>

    Routine Science Data Processing

    <abbr>RSLB</abbr>

    Research Support and Laboratories Branch

    <abbr>RWA</abbr>

    Reaction Wheel Assembly

    <abbr>S/W</abbr>

    Software

    <abbr>SAA</abbr>

    South Atlantic Anomaly

    <abbr>SADE</abbr>

    Solar Array Drive Electronics

    <abbr>SADR</abbr>

    System Audit and Design Review

    <abbr>SAO</abbr>

    Science Assessment Observations

    <abbr>SBSDB</abbr>

    Small Business & Small Disadvantaged Businesses

    <abbr>SCARS</abbr>

    Science Computing and Research Support Division

    <abbr>ScIF</abbr>

    STScI Facility

    <abbr>SCS</abbr>

    Standard Calibration Sources

    <abbr>SDASFS</abbr>

    Science Data Analysis Software Functional Specification

    <abbr>SESD</abbr>

    Science and Engineering Systems Division

    <abbr>SI</abbr>

    Science Instrument

    <abbr>SIB</abbr>

    Science Instruments Branch

    <abbr>SIRTF</abbr>

    Space Infra-Red Telescope Facility

    <abbr>SMOV</abbr>

    Servicing Mission Observatory Verification

    <abbr>SMS</abbr>

    Science Mission Specification

    <abbr>SOB</abbr>

    Science Operations Branch

    <abbr>SOGS</abbr>

    Science Operations Ground System

    <abbr>SOW</abbr>

    Statement of Work

    <abbr>SPB</abbr>

    Science Programs Branch or Science Planning Branch

    <abbr>SPD</abbr>

    Science Programs Division

    <abbr>SPRs</abbr>

    Software Problem Reports

    <abbr>SPSO</abbr>

    Science Program Selection Office

    <abbr>SPSS</abbr>

    Science Planning and Scheduling System

    <abbr>SRD</abbr>

    Software Requirements Document

    <abbr>SS</abbr>

    Support Software

    <abbr>SSB</abbr>

    Science Software Branch

    <abbr>SSD</abbr>

    Science Support Division

    <abbr>SSG</abbr>

    Science Software Group

    <abbr>STScI</abbr>

    Space Telescope Science Institute

    <abbr>ST-ECF</abbr>

    Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility

    <abbr>STAC</abbr>

    Space Telescope Advisory Committee

    <abbr>STIC</abbr>

    Space Telescope Institute Council

    <abbr>STIS</abbr>

    Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph

    <abbr>STOCC</abbr>

    Space Telescope Operations Control Center

    <abbr>STOMS</abbr>

    Space Telescope Observatory Management System

    <abbr>STOPAT</abbr>

    Space Telescope Observatory Performance and Assessment Team

    <abbr>STP-G</abbr>

    Space Telescope Project - Goddard

    <abbr>STSDAS</abbr>

    Space Telescope Science Data Analysis System

    <abbr>STSOP</abbr>

    Space Telescope Science & Operations Project

    <abbr>STUC</abbr>

    Space Telescope Users Committee

    <abbr>SV</abbr>

    Science Verification

    <abbr>SWG</abbr>

    Science Working Group

    <abbr>SYNPHOT</abbr>

    synthetic photometry (package for STSDAS that runs with IRAF)

    <abbr>TA</abbr>

    Target Acquisition

    <abbr>TAC</abbr>

    Telescope Allocation Committee

    <abbr>TAC</abbr>

    Time Allocation Committee

    <abbr>TACOS</abbr>

    TAC Operations Support (part of PEP)

    <abbr>TDRSS</abbr>

    Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System

    <abbr>TIB</abbr>

    Telescope and Instruments Branch

    <abbr>TIPS</abbr>

    Telescope and Instruments Performance Summary

    <abbr>TS</abbr>

    Telescope Systems

    <abbr>TTRB</abbr>

    Telescope Time Review Board

    <abbr>UKIRT</abbr>

    United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope

    <abbr>USB</abbr>

    User Support Branch

    <abbr>UV</abbr>

    Ultraviolet

    <abbr>WBS</abbr>

    Work Breakdown Structure

    <abbr>WF/PC</abbr>

    Wide-Field and Planetary Camera

    <abbr>WFC</abbr>

    Wide Field Camera

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  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • 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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