NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope looking forward to a 2018 launch date. Webb will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own Milky Way Galaxy. This mighty telescope will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. And from October 14 – 26, we’ll be able to check out a full-sized model of JWST at the Maryland Science Center.
Described by NASA as the successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope is being hailed as the largest space telescope ever built; and scientists, engineers, and dignitaries will be on hand to talk about the capabilities of NASA’s latest technological space marvel.
To cap off the 13-day public display of the James Webb Space Telescope, a press conference will take place on Wednesday , October 26th at 9:45 am, at the Maryland Science Center located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,.
Participants scheduled to appear include:
- U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski,
- NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver,
- John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics and Webb telescope senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,
- Adam Riess, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, professor of astronomy and physics at the Johns Hopkins University, and a senior member of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore,
- Riccardo Giacconi, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics and university professor at the Johns Hopkins University, and
- John Grunsfeld, deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute and a former astronaut who participated in three spaceflights to service Hubble.
The Webb telescope will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed and explore planets around distant stars. The unique observatory is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
If you’d like additional information on the Webb telescope, you can check out NASA’s web site.
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