The chief of NASA’s biggest space science mission has been quoted as one of the most influential people on the planet by time. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Program Director Gregory Robinson was called to the TIME100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most powerful administrators. Robinson shares this year’s distinction with other TIME100 honorees like President Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey.
Robinson supervises the Webb telescope, the premier space lookout for the next decade. Webb will investigate every stage of 13.5 billion years of cosmic history, from within our solar system to the most frigid noticeable galaxies, to everything in between, to support us in comprehending our position in the universe.
“Greg has demonstrated remarkable leadership on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, through both the challenges and incredible successes of this historic mission,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
“Congratulations, Greg, and thank you for your incredible service on behalf of NASA and all of humanity.”
“I am thrilled and honored to be recognized as part of the TIME100. I certainly want to acknowledge an incredible team of NASA engineers, scientists, technicians; our contractor and academia base; and partners across the globe, who have demonstrated amazing resiliency on the Webb mission through design, development, testing, launch, and now commissioning,” said Robinson.
“We watched an extraordinary moment when Webb launched on Christmas Day – a gift to the world. As we approach the end of the science instrument and observatory commissioning process, we have broken new ground and overcome many challenges to deliver breathtaking views of our early universe this summer and for many years to come.”