Principal Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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.
Starshade is a proposed flower-shaped spacecraft that can create an artificial eclipse, allowing space telescopes to spot planets orbiting distant stars.
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.
Cosmologist Jason Rhodes details the path he took to play a leading role in a European mission designed to learn about dark energy.
Latest Planetary Radio Appearances
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.