Even with all our problems, Baltimore is a great town and has a lot to offer. When out-of-town friends and family come to visit, there’s never a shortage of things to do or places to go. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor alone is home to the Hard Rock Café, The U.S.S. Constellation, The Baltimore National Aquarium and The Maryland Science Center. And now, the Maryland Science Center is also the new home to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope exhibit.
Today, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver joined U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) during a dedication of that permanent exhibit of NASA’s Webb to the Maryland Science Center at an event featuring national, political, science, and technology luminaries. The exhibit is a donation to the museum by the Northrop Grumman Corporation of Falls Church, Va.
“I believe in the science and innovation that have made America a world leader in discovery. There is no other mission planned either by NASA or any other space agency that can achieve the scientific goals of the James Webb Space Telescope,” said Sen. Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NASA and staunch supporter of the Webb telescope.
“In Maryland, science is jobs. Scientific innovation creates jobs and economic growth through innovative products and new businesses. The James Webb Space Telescope will keep America in the lead for science and technology and inspire students to learn science, technology, engineering and math to become the scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. This exhibit gives Marylanders the opportunity to see American scientific ingenuity up close.”
The permanent Webb telescope display will feature a 1/20th scale model of the telescope, large graphic panels explaining the science behind the Webb mission and a continually updated multimedia show provided by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
“Hubble has made it possible for us to rewrite science textbooks as we uncovered vast new areas of knowledge and witnessed phenomena never before seen,” NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. “Webb will build on this knowledge and help us reveal the unknown. It is also important to remember that while these missions occur in space, the investments made, and the jobs created to support these missions, happen right here on Earth and right here in Maryland. NASA has always been an engine of economic growth and job creation and the Webb Telescope is just the latest example.”
Successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb telescope is the world’s next-generation space observatory. It is the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb will observe the most distant objects in the universe, provide images of the very first galaxies ever formed and study planets around distant stars. The Webb telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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(cover image: Next-Gen Space Observatory – NASA, space science industry and government officials are seen in front of a full-size model of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. From left, back row are: Dr. John Grunsfeld, former astronaut and Deputy Director, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Baltimore; Jeffrey Grant, VP and General Manager of the Space Systems Division, Northrop Grumman; Van Reiner, President and CEO of the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore and Adam Reiss, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics and professor of astronomy and physics at Johns Hopkins University. In the front row are NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, left, and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). Image Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi)