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Former astronaut tapped to lead NASA science programs
Posted: Tue, Dec 20, 2011, 7:27 AM ET (1227 GMT)
John Grunsfeld (NASA) A former astronaut best known for his work repairing the Hubble Space Telescope has been named NASA's new associate administrator for science. John Grunsfeld, a physicist currently working as the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will take over as associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate on January 4. He succeeds Ed Weiler, who retired at the end of September. Grunsfeld flew on five shuttle missions, including three to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.
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