The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large 6.5 meter space telescope that will be launched later this decade. JWST is optimized to study infrared light from the Universe with four sensitive imaging and spectroscopic instruments. JWST's science goals include answering some of our most fundamental questions about the origin of the cosmos and life in the Universe. The telescope is being built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for NASA, ESA, and CSA. JWST development is led by NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the Science and Operations Center (S&OC) for the JWST. The observatory has been named after NASA's second administrator James Webb, best known for his leadership of the Apollo missions.
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2014 AAS JWST Science Session The Winter 2014 AAS meeting at National Harbor, MD, featured a JWST Science Session on Wednesday, January 8th. The speaker list included Marla Geha (Yale U.) on galaxy evolution; John Johnson (Harvard U.) on exoplanets; Alicia Soderberg (Harvard U.) on supernovae; Matthew Tiscareno (Cornell U.) on solar system science; and Mark Wyatt (Cambridge U.) on planet formation.
2014 AAS JWST/HST Town Hall A joint JWST/HST Town Hall was planned for the Winter 2014 AAS meeting at National Harbor, MD, on Wednesday, January 8th. Scheduled speakers included Nobel Laureate Adam Riess of the Johns Hopkins University and Eric Smith, acting director of JWST program at NASA Headquarters. See the webcast here.
NIRSpec arrives at Goddard The Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), the last of Webb’s science instruments to arrive at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center was shipped from Germany in September 2013 and arrived at GSFC on September 20, 2013. NIRSpec will join the other instruments at GSFC for integration into the science instrument module and subsequent testing in 2014.
NIRCam arrives at Goddard The Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) joined two other Webb instruments, MIRI and FGS/NIRISS at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. NIRCam arrived on July 27, 2013, from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA. NIRCam is the primary near-infrared imager on board Webb.
Primary Mirror Backplane Assembly (PMBA) arrives at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center On August 22nd, 2013, the primary backplane support of Webb’s hexagonal primary mirrors arrived at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for testing.
JWST Townhall meeting on Observations in the Solar System A followup meeting to bring the community up to speed on the accomplishments and status of the recommendations provided to the JWST team last year regarding solar system observations was held at the 45th Annual Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting in Denver, CO. For more information see the JWST Solar System page.
Recent Accomplishments Follow the JWST recent accomplishments.