Science GoH -- Harley Thronson

Dr. Harley Thronson works at the Sciences and Exploration Directorate, and is working on planned space missions far out beyond where we've gone before - which we think is pretty darned "Epic"!

Dr. Thronson’s current responsibilities include assessment of advanced human/robotic programs at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in coordination with other NASA Centers the scientific community. He is leading the GSFC team that proposed multiple experiments on the International Space Station (ISS), as well as using the ISS as a testbed for future large optical systems in space. He is also chair of the GSFC-led team that has designed long-duration space habitation systems. He has served as the NASA HQ program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), among other missions.

Dr. Thronson received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1978 from the University of Chicago and has been a faculty member and on the senior staff of the Universities of Arizona and Wyoming, and the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh. He has published more than 110 research papers and co-edited 12 books.