Supernova Senator

October 20, 2021
16 minutes

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Director Marnie Hertzler, Producer Emma Hannaway

In this documentary, Senator Mikulski speaks about her experiences advocating for science through policy to support the Hubble Space Telescope. She focuses on the 2004 cancellation of the Hubble servicing mission, and the actions that she and others took to secure full funding for a Hubble servicing mission. Her approach to progress relies on the collective: we must build consensus, bring people together, and maximize their potential.

About the Hubble

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and ESA. AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, conducts Hubble science operations.

Supplemental Interviews with Experts

As part of their dedication to helping Johns Hopkins’ students develop the knowledge and practical experience they will need to succeed upon graduation and their commitment to strengthening the Baltimore film community, Johns Hopkins has partnered with the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund and the Masters in Film and Media program to produce several short films. Emerging from this collaboration is Helping You to Be You, a three-part series that uses real case studies from Senator Barbara A. Mikulski’s work and life to explore the link between students’ current day interests and public service.

Executive Produced by Johns Hopkins faculty members Tim Perell (Film and Media Program Director) and Annette Porter (Director of Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund and JHU MICA Film Centre) and Directed by SZIF Fellow Marnie Ellen Hertzler, this film tells the emotional story of the Hubble Space Telescope and Senator Mikulski’s instrumental role in its success. A huge thank you to Senator Mikulski, Heidi Hammel, Matt Mountain, Gabrielle Batkin and Adam Riess for donating their expertise and screen time to the film.

Shout out to Director Marnie Hertzler, Producer Emma Hannaway, and JHU Masters students Brogan Maxwell, Fadhli Dzil Ikram, and Sam Burch for bringing us into the Hubble family orbit!