AAS #2: Interview with NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld

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Jan 8, 2008
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I am reporting from the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas. I'll be attending press conferences and talking to astronomers, and blogging madly about all this.

Right after the Hubble press conference, astronaut John Grunsfeld -- who is the leader of the astronauts' Hubble extravehicular activities -- showed us a spacesuit glove. I tried it on; it's too small for my abnormally long fingers, but I could still see how hard it would be to work with one of those things strapped onto your hands.

When they service Hubble, they'll be using a special device to take off and capture the many, many screws of off STIS. I asked him what would happen if he lost one...