The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be the premiere observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.
Moderated by J.D. Harrington, NASA Astrophysics Public Affairs Officer.
• Geoff Yoder, Program Director, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.
• Eric Smith, Deputy Program Director / Program Scientist, NASA HQ, Washington, D.C.
• John Mather, JWST Project Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
• Amber Straughn, Astrophysicist / Deputy Project Scientist for Communications & Outreach, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
• Jon Arenberg, Chief Engineer, Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif.
This Google+ Hangout discussed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the agency’s flagship science project that will launch in October, 2018. Panelists discusses the program’s development status, how the tennis court-sized spacecraft will work, explained its science objectives after launch, and highlighted it’s future impact on the world.