NASA’s Dr. John Grunsfeld visits the Space Sciences Lab

John M. Grunsfeld – Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

In this image from March 2002, John M. Grunsfeld is shown in space shuttle Columbia's cargo bay. Credits: NASA

In this image from March 2002, John M. Grunsfeld is shown in space shuttle Columbia’s cargo bay.
Credits: NASA

John M. Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate

For Grunsfeld’s NASA astronaut and Science Mission Directoraten bio, visit.

The U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Lab was honored to have Dr. Grunsfeld spend some time touring our facility on August 21st, 2015. He is the third NASA dignitary to visit our lab, joining the ranks of NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Geoffrey Yoder, Associate Administrator for Programs.

Dr. Grunsfeld’s closest link to our lab was the installation of the COS, or Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, instrument into the Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the last Hubble Servicing Mission on STS-125. One half of the COS instrument, a EUV/FUV Detector and Electronics package was built here at SSL in conjunction with CASA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has flown on five shuttle missions, three of which were to service the Hubble Space Telescope.  He has logged over 58 days in space and almost as many hours on “space walks”.

Paul Turin presents the various instruments that were designed at SSL for NASA missions

Paul Turin presents the various instruments that were designed at SSL for NASA missions

Dan Werthimer discusses Stardust and the SETI programs

Dan Werthimer discusses Stardust and the SETI programs

The SSL FOXSI and COSI Sounding Rocket and Balloon Teams.

The SSL FOXSI and COSI Sounding Rocket and Balloon Teams.

Carolyn Kierans and the COSI Team present the new Balloon Gondola and Instrument packs

Carolyn Kierans and the COSI Team present the new Balloon Gondola and Instrument packs

Lindsay Glesner and Team present the FOXSI Sounding Rocket and plans for the next iteration

Lindsay Glesner and Team present the FOXSI Sounding Rocket and plans for the next iteration

Dr. Grunsfeld meets the NuSTAR Science Team

Dr. Grunsfeld meets the NuSTAR Science Team

John Grunsfeld and SSL employees

John Grunsfeld and SSL employees

Bill Craig and John Vallerga discuss ICON Mission Objectives

Bill Craig and John Vallerga discuss ICON Mission Objectives

Dr. Korpela and team detail the calibration efforts for EUV in the Bayside Chamber

Dr. Korpela and team detail the calibration efforts for EUV in the Bayside Chamber

 

Dr. Ossy Siegmund explains the sealed tube detectors to be used on the ICON mission

Dr. Ossy Siegmund explains the sealed tube detectors to be used on the ICON mission

Grunsfeld meets members of the ICON Team

Grunsfeld meets members of the ICON Team

Dr. Grunsfeld asks a thought provoking question

Dr. Grunsfeld asks a thought provoking question

Thomas Immel describing what the ICON project will study

Thomas Immel describing what the ICON project will study