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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46th DPS Meeting-Observational Solar System Science Investigations with JWST JWST's presence at the upcoming 46th Division of Planetary Science (DPS) meeting in November in Tucson, AZ will include a topical session focusing on reports from ten community-based groups. The white papers these groups are preparing describe use cases for different observational solar system science investigations with Webb. A booth will enhance the interaction between Webb project members and the solar system community. See the Solar System page for more details.
JWST Townhall at 225th AAS meeting Plans are currently underway for the 225th AAS meeting in Seattle, WA, from Jan. 5-8, 2015, where a JWST Town Hall meeting will take place the evening of January 6. A timely discussion item led by scientists at the Institute will focus on implementation of early release science observations as a way to maximize community engagement in Webb science and obtain early hands-on experience with data from many of Webb’s observing modes.
Cryo-vacuum testing at Goddard June 16, 2014 ISIM with all four JWST instruments was lowered into the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. It will undergo four-months long cryo-vacuum test after which it will be back at the clean room for additional work and testing. Another thermal vacuum test of ISIM is scheduled in 2015. Town Hall at 45th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference A Town Hall on Observations in the Solar System with HST and JWST was planned for Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, on March 20, at The Woodlands, Texas. The Town Hall gave the community an opportunity to provide input to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) solar system committee and a chance to hear the current status of the committee’s activities. Additionally, the Town Hall presented the accomplishments and status of the recommendations provided to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) team last year regarding solar system observations and solicited the community for further input. For more details see the Solar System page.
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.