Instruments Flight Controller
Monique gets a thrill when Hubble
is pointed in the wrong direction. That's when her
work is most interesting. It's Monique's job to attend
to the health and safety of the instruments on board
the telescope, and to make sure that Hubble is pointed
so that it can precisely gather the images that researchers
want. When it's off kilter, "we have procedures that
we have to go through to get it pointing in the right
direction, which actually is kind of fun," she says.
"And," she adds, "I like doing the hard stuff."
in the control room.
was the electronics kit Monique's father bought her
when she was a kid that led her into a life of science.
She recently graduated from college with a degree
in physics, and thinks about going to graduate school
for more. When she tells people what she does, sometimes
they don't even believe her. "They don't really understand
what I'm doing," she says, "but they know it's cool."