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Lisa Frattare

Lisa Frattare

I have been working at STScI since 1996 and started on the Hubble Heritage Project in early 1997. My titles with the team include Image Processor and Project Coordinator, and I keep up with the monthly schedule of releases, planning future observations, hiring and training interns and keeping other team members busy. Coming close to our 100th release which will occur in fall of 2006, I have had the pleasure of being awestruck by some of the most moving images that the telescope has taken.

My earliest memories of astronomy are precious: the "Goodnight Moon" book; having mom rinse my hair saying "Look up at the moon..."; someone pointing to an early evening planet saying it was "The Star of Bethlehem." I loved staying up late, having the shades open at night to watch stars and the moon traverse my bedroom window. One of my most vivid memories of the cosmos was not at night but during the day, with the shade pulled down in my room. Tiny pinprick holes in the shade made up little constellations, and I remember contemplating that perhaps real stars were pinpricks on what would evolve into a celestial sphere shade. Who put them there, and why?

I took astronomy as a college elective, and I fell in love with it. Stepping out on the roof overlooking Lake Ontario for my first astronomy lab class in Oswego, NY, seeing first the sunset over the lake, and then the crescent moon and several planets lined up across the sky, I felt I had never seen such a beautiful sight. I was mesmorized by the beautiful display before my eyes.

I studied astronomy in college for 11 years, at Oswego State, Arizona State University, and Wesleyan University. I must say I love observing the most: observing Kitt Peak, Cerro Tololo, Flagstaff, Keck and of course with Hubble, are now at the top of the my list for precious astronomical memories.

Lisa Frattare


I do have some professional interests: luminous blue variable, issues of Women in Astronomy, working on software to find coordinates on astronomical images. Working on the Hubble Heritage Team, I satisfy other needs---to find beauty in science, to share it with others, to help others be inspired, and enable them to see something wonderful. In my non-professional time, I like to investigate my family geneaology, garden, paint, quilt, read, and be a mom.

 

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