Jason Rhodes is an observational cosmologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is working toward understanding the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy using space telescopes like WFIRST and European Space Agency’s Euclid mission. When not developing space missions he enjoys running and spending time with his wife Alina, a fellow cosmologist at JPL.
JPL astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes were brought together by their fascination over the mystery of dark energy. They talk with Planetary Radio about their research and the many missions they are contributing to, including WFIRST, a unique new space telescope.
NASA’s next big “flagship” astronomy mission, following the ambitious James Webb Space Telescope due to be launched in 2018, is currently known as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)—but it's had a slew of different names.