Hubble Hugger-In-Chief

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Grunsfeld's favorite new Hubble Image, the first taken with the new Wide Field Camera 3. Proves they didn't break the telescope!

John Grunsfeld's favorite new Hubble image, the first taken with the new Wide Field Camera 3. Proves they didn't break the telescope!

I just finished a great Skype interview with Mr. Hubble Space Telescope himself, astronaut (ahem! now former astronaut) John Grunsfeld.  Fresh off last summer’s hugely successful STS-125 Hubble Servicing Mission, Grunsfeld has stepped down from the astronaut corps to join the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, better known as Hubble Central.  He’s pretty jazzed to be taking on a leadership role now that the newly refurbished Hubble has cranked into high gear for another go ’round re-writing the science textbooks.

We talked all about the challenges and triumphs of STS-125, reminisced a little about the pre-flight SCUBA dive I took with him in the big pool at the Johnson Space Center whike he was practicing on the Hubble mock-up they have there, and of course got his thoughts on Hubble’s future.  You can watch the whole thing on our next edition of “This Week In Space.”  A little taste…check out Grunsfeld’s favorite image from the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3!

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