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NASA’s Science Leader John Grunsfeld

John Grunsfeld

Air Date: 05/17/2016
Run Time: 28:50

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  • John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, NASA

Topics: Europa Clipper, life, James Webb Space Telescope, extrasolar planets, Jupiter's moons, Rosetta and Philae, Europa, Space Policy, comets, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Planetary Radio, Earth, Neptune, Mars, conference report

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John Grunsfeld closes our coverage of the Space Foundation’s 32nd annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. We also meet the leaders of the New Generation Space Leaders Program. Emily has made it easy to be wowed by spectacular new images of Comet 67P taken by Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft. Bruce and Mat will pick three winners of a great new game in the What’s Up space trivia contest.

LightSail 2 successfully deployed its sails in the May 23rd Day In The Life Test

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LightSail 2 successfully deployed its sails in the May 23rd Day In The Life Test

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Within 24 hours, on what date will the Juno spacecraft enter Jupiter orbit?

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Approximately how much more massive is the star Sirius A (brightest in the sky) than our sun?


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