Role Model Video Series

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory enjoys the talents of hundreds of staff and an international community of scientists who come together to make our mission of discovery and innovation such a success. You will learn from the folks interviewed here that we’ve taken many paths to get here, and you don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to be part of our exciting mission. We will continue to add more interviews, so please return again!

Jennifer Jackson

Meet Jennifer Jackson, a Technical Specialist who builds the complex cartridges that hold the state-of-the-art receivers inside our radio telescopes.

More Role Models

Radio sources are all around!

Explore the Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way Explorer a guided trip through our spiral Galaxy and its neighborhood. You choose where to explore, and a radio astronomer talks to you about each stop.

Virtually visit our radio observatory in the desert!

Explore the Very Large Array

See footage from central New Mexico where the National Radio Astronomy Observatory operates the world's most versatile radio telescope, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array. Here, we have put together a collection of exclusive video tours we call the VLA Explorer.

Explore ALMA

Get behind-the-scenes guided tours of ALMA and virtually visit the incredible countryside of northern Chile.