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Night & Day Podcast: Astronaut John Grunsfeld and the James Webb Space Telescope

Astronaut John Grunsfeld and Adler President Dr. Michelle B. Larson

Astronaut John Grunsfeld and Adler President Dr. Michelle B. Larson

Listen to astronaut John Grunsfeld talk about NASA's next great astrophysics observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JSWT), which is on track to launch in 2018. It will address many of the outstanding issues of modern astronomy related to the 'Early Universe' and is expected to yield scientific breakthroughs as did its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope.  This podcast will explore the latest discoveries and NASA’s plans for the future.

Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, a Chicago native, was named Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 2012.  He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and its partner in the JWST. His background includes research in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics and in the emerging field of exoplanet studies with specific interest in future astronomical instrumentation. He is veteran of five space shuttle flights, having visited Hubble three times as an astronaut, performing a total of eight spacewalks to service and upgrade the observatory.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or on the Adler Night and Day feed.