Investigator, Hubble Heritage Project
Keith actually has three jobs
at Hubble: he began and now heads up the Heritage
Project, he's an instrument scientist, and
he's an astronomer working on his own research.
with colleagues during a Heritage project
knew he would be an astronomer from the time
he was a very young boy, and his mom handed
him a book about the sky to keep him busy while
for her to finish a class. He notes that he
was born on the day President Dwight Eisenhower
signed the executive order that created NASA.
In college, Keith had pictures of Voyager --
the first robotic craft sent out to explore
space -- on his dorm room walls. He says what
keeps him going in astronomy is when he makes
a discovery, when he finds that something new
that he's been looking for. He was prompted
to start the Heritage Project when he realized
how people respond to Hubble's pictures. "When
these images come out," he says, "they
speak to everybody."