NASA COBE Scientist Wins Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize in Physics for 2006

"The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2006 jointly to John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA, and George F. Smoot University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation"."

  • NASA Telephone Conference Scheduled With Nobel Prize Winner
  • NASA News Conference Scheduled With Nobel Prize Winner
  • George Smoot Wins Nobel Prize in Physics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • NASA Scientist Shares Nobel Prize for Physics, NASA
  • Editor's note: According to a notice sent to reporters by NASA HQ PAO: "We will hold a news conference in HQ auditorium, Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT with Dr. John Mather regarding today's Nobel Prize announcement. Look for a media advisory. We will also likely follow up with a Media Telecon and support with a news release, etc.

  • This the first Nobel Prize ever by a NASA civil servant scientist.
  • COBE was built entirely in-house by NASA, including all instruments.
  • The Nobel Prize in Physics is the biggest prize in Science
  • For the past 10 years, Mather has been lead scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope."
  • Reader note: "Just a note to let you know, COBE was not built entirely in-house by NASA. The superfluid helium dewar that cooled the spacecraft's infrared instruments was built by Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado. They built three helium dewars: the other two flew on IRAS and Spitzer."

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