TRUMP TAPS CU BOUL­DER PROF FOR NASA TEAM

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Char­lie Bren­nan

Univer­sity of Colorado Boul­der pro­fes­sor Jack Burns has been ap­pointed to the NASA tran­si­tion team by the in­com­ing Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Burns, a pro­fes­sor in the De­part­ment of Astro­physics and Plan­e­tary Sci­ences, has long­stand­ing ties with NASA. He served on the NASA Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil from 2008-10. That in­cluded a stint as chair of the coun­cil’s Sci­ence Com­mit­tee in 2009 and 2010.

Burns also di­rected the Lu­nar Univer­sity Net­work for Astro­physics Re­search, which is a con­sor­tium of top re­search in­sti­tu­tions funded by a $6.5 mil­lion NASA grant to con­duct astro­physics from the moon, in­clud­ing the use of ra­dio tele­scopes.

Burns is a fel­low at CU’s Cen­ter for Astro­physics and Space As­tron­omy.

He also is the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor of a $250 mil­lion NASA Ex­plorer Mis­sion con­cept pro­posal called the “Dark Ages Ra­dio Ex­plorer,” known as DARE. DARE is de­signed to or­bit the moon and look back in time, through ob­ser­va­tions of the early uni­verse from above the moon’s far side, when it is shielded from Earth and the sun. BBB

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