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P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
phone 631 344-2345
fax 631 344-3368

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founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle

News Release

Number: 03-72
Released: September 16, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Astronaut and Chief NASA Scientist John Grunsfeld to Give Talk at Brookhaven Lab on Space Research and the Hubble Space Telescope, October 14

UPTON, NY -- John Grunsfeld, astronaut, astronomer, astrophysicist and the newly appointed NASA Chief Scientist at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC, will give a talk entitled “Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope: Answering Fundamental Questions About Our World and Our Place in the Universe,” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Tuesday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in the Laboratory’s Berkner Hall. The public is invited. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must bring a photo ID.

In his talk, Grunsfeld will discuss his role as a payload commander and share extraordinary photos taken during his March 2002 Space Shuttle mission to service the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. He will also share his thoughts about the importance of continuing space research and inspiring the next generation of explorers.

A native of Chicago, Grunsfeld received a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Before being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1992, Grunsfeld was a postdoctoral fellow in experimental physics at the University of Chicago from 1988 to 1989, and, from 1989 to 1992, he was a senior research fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Grunsfeld’s first flight assignment came in 1995 on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour. In 1997, he served as flight engineer for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and completed a 10-day mission to Russia’s Mir space station. In 1999 and 2002, he took part in five successful space walks to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. Grunsfeld has logged over 45 days in space, including space walks totaling 37 hours and 32 minutes.

Among his many honors, Grunsfeld was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2002, and he earned NASA’s Exceptional Service Medals in 1997, 1998 and 2000.

Grunsfeld’s talk is being held in conjunction with the commissioning of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven, an experimental facility that will enable researchers to study the biological effects of radiation in space on astronauts. Before prolonged space missions are undertaken, such as a mission to Mars, a detailed understanding of these effects is needed to plan for the effective protection of astronauts.

Call 631 344-2345 for more information about the talk. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway. See detailed directions.