Dr. John Grunsfeld Lecture

Dr. John Grunsfeld
Deputy Director
Space Telescope Science Institute and
Former NASA Astronaut
Baltimore, Maryland

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on February 11, 2012 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.


A Hubble Adventure:
Repairing the Telescope and Its Exciting New Discoveries


Dr. Grunsfeld’s research has covered x-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, high-energy cosmic ray studies, and development of new detectors and instrumentation. He studied binary pulsars and energetic x-ray and gamma ray sources using the NASA Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, x-ray astronomy satellites, radio telescopes, and optical telescopes including the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Grunsfeld has logged over 58 days in space, including 58 hours in 8 space walks. In the fifth and final Hubble servicing mission in 2009, he served as the lead spacewalker in charge of the spacewalking and Hubble activities. He performed 3 of the 5 spacewalks on this flight totaling almost 21 hours. For the first time on orbit 2 scientific instruments were surgically repaired in the telescope. The mission was accomplished in 12 days traveling 5,276,000 miles in 197 Earth orbits.

Background Information

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Speaker's Wikipedia entry

"Grunsfeld appeared on the PBS NOVA episode "Deadly Ascent", which showed him climbing Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, in June 2000. Grunsfeld, along with Dr. Howard Donner, (a consultant to NASA) conducted research into the effects of body temperature at high altitudes by using internal thermometers swallowed in pill form. He was able to climb to an altitude of 17,200 feet before acute altitude sickness forced him to turn back.

"In June 2004, Grunsfeld returned to McKinley while on vacation from NASA and successfully led a team that summitted. He is the only astronaut to have climbed all the way to the top of Mount McKinley."

Shuttle Memories: John Grunsfeld
"Astronaut John Grunsfeld, who flow on the shuttle five times and helped service the Hubble Space Telescope on three of those mission, speaks with Miles O'Brien about his memories of the Space Shuttle program."
John Grunsfeld - Hubble Servicing Mission 4
In this 1:24:55 video, Dr. Grunsfeld describes the mission.