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A Worthy Successor to Hubble - The James Webb Space Telescope


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Tue 1 May 2007


Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

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Speaker: Knox Long (STScI)

Extraordinary discoveries have been made with Hubble Space Telescope. Yet many fundamental questions about the universe remain. We are still searching to see the first stars, to identify how galaxies assemble their glorious spiral and elliptical structures, and to understand more fully the processes that give birth to stars and planets.  As a result, NASA is currently building the James Webb Space Telescope - a new, larger space observatory that will launch in 2013. Webb will attack these and other major astrophysical problems from a vantage point beyond the Moon. Like Hubble, Webb will be operated by STScI for NASA. In this talk, Dr. Long will describe some of the original motivation for building a new telescope, what the capabilities of the telescope will be, some of the challenges being overcome in building this very different telescope, and why it will truly be a worthy successor to Hubble.


The 2007 Public Lecture Series offers talks on a diverse selection of cosmic topics held the first Tuesday of every month in the STScI John N. Bahcall Auditorium. Admission is free and free parking is available in the lot across the street. Find information related to driving directions and relevant transportation resources on our Getting Here page. Further information and directions are available by calling 410-338-4700.

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