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John M. Grunsfeld

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1958
Age: 62


John Mace Grunsfeld is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five Space Shuttle flights and has served as NASA Chief Scientist. His academic background includes research in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics and the emerging field of exoplanet studies with specific interest in future astronomical instrumentation. After retiring from NASA in 2009, he served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. In January 2012, he returned to NASA and served as associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Grunsfeld announced his retirement from NASA in April 2016.

Space Shuttle Endeavour / OV-101 | STS-67

Lockheed Martin Space Operations | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
March 2, 1995, 6:38 a.m.
Status:
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-67 was a human spaceflight mission using Space Shuttle Endeavour that launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 2 March 1995.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-81

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Jan. 12, 1997, 9:27 a.m.
Status:
Mission: Human Exploration

STS-81 was a January 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to the Mir space station.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-103

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Dec. 20, 1999, 12:50 a.m.
Status:
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-103 was a Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission by Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 19 December 1999 and returned on 27 December 1999.

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Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-109

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
March 1, 2002, 11:22 a.m.
Status:
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-109 (SM3B) was a Space Shuttle mission that launched from the Kennedy Space Center on 1 March 2002. It was the 108th mission of the Space Shuttle program, the 27th flight of the orbiter Columbia and the fourth servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was also the last successful mission of the orbiter Columbia before the ill-fated STS-107 mission, which culminated in the Columbia disaster.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-125

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
May 11, 2009, 6:01 p.m.
Status:
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-125, or HST-SM4 (Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4), was the fifth and final space shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Space Shuttle Atlantis carried two new instruments to the Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Wide Field Camera 3. The mission also replaced a Fine Guidance Sensor, six gyroscopes, and two battery unit modules to allow the telescope to continue to function at least through 2014. The crew also installed new thermal blanket insulating panels to provide improved thermal protection, and a soft-capture mechanism that would aid in the safe de-orbiting of the telescope by an unmanned spacecraft at the end of its operational lifespan.

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Soyuz 2.1B
Launch Successful
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Gonets-M30, Gonets-M31, Gonets-M32
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

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Soyuz STA
Launch Successful
1 day, 16 hours ago
Falcon Eye 2
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

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H-IIA
Launch Successful
4 days, 10 hours ago
JDRS-1
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

JDRS-1 is a Japanese Data Relay Satellite.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 1 day ago
Starlink 15
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 2 days ago
Chang'e 5
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

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