James Webb Space Telescope: Building a Global Observatory

Sunday, February 14, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Coolidge (Marriott Wardman Park)
All countries on Earth share the same sky, and astrophysics works best as a global endeavor. Since the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope 25 years ago, the most ambitious astrophysics science has been achieved through international collaboration. The upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest space telescope in history, brings us closer to discoveries previously thought to be the realm of science fiction: What is our Universal Address? What makes up the dark 95% of the universe? Do extrasolar planets harbor the possibility of life? The James Webb Space Telescope is an ambitious technological experiment, paving the way for future missions to expand on the concepts of deployable mirrors, sunshield-based cooling, micro-shutter arrays, and more. This session brings together influential drivers of this ambitious project to discuss the continued engagement of the world citizenry and the path to future progress.
Joel Green, STScI
Jason Kalirai, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Margaret Meixner, STScI
Jason Tumlinson, STScI
John C. Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
How Was Webb Built?
Amber Straughn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bringing Webb to the World
Jason Kalirai, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)
Why Webb?
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