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When students think about careers with NASA, they typically think of astronauts and engineers; they are much less aware of the large technical workforce that operates behind the scenes to make the space program possible. This product highlights the work of those people who manufacture, assemble, inspect, test, and transport scientific instruments before they are launched into space.
Space Science Careers embeds career awareness in video clips that document the construction of an X-ray telescope--- a project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory that was launched into Earth orbit on the Hinode satellite on September 23, 2006. The resource provides students with a unique window into the workplace and an unscripted view of workers collaborating and solving problems as they attend to their specialties.
The Space Science Careers product consists of a set of two disks:
The Digital Video Disk is organized into the following sections:
The Worker Profiles Disk provides additional information about nine of the workers featured in the Careers section of the DVD. Individual profiles, in PDF format, can be printed and distributed to students who are interested in additional information about particular workers or some of the instruments, machinery, and systems they used during the construction of the X-ray telescope.
Visit http://xrt.cfa.harvard.edu for more information about the Hinode satellite, the X-ray telescope, Hinodes latest X-ray images of the Sun, and much more.