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Exploring Space Lectures

Meet Hubble’s Successor: The James Webb Space Telescope
When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in 2019, it will be the premier space observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our universe, from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems capable of supporting life. This year’s Exploring Space lectures explore the final preparations of launching and commissioning the JWST and capture the excitement among leading participants eagerly anticipating "first light." Each speaker will lend their personal insight and perspective to help us appreciate the significance of the JWST in its fullest scientific, technical, and historical context. 

The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
February 7, 2018 | 8:00pm

Engineering Miracles for Scientific Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope

In this lecture, John Mather, senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and project manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, will outline how the team conceived the design, why they’re building it the way they are, and how they are testing it to make sure it will work. Tickets are free but required. 

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James Webb Space Telescope Mirror
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
April 18, 2018 | 8:00pm

Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?

In this lecture, Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will highlight some of the exciting science to be conducted in JWST’s first year of observations. Tickets are free but required. 

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James Webb Space Telescope Artist Concept
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
May 23, 2018 | 8:00pm

The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for JWST

In this lecture, Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Space Telescope senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will highlight Hubble’s newest incredible observations of stars, distant galaxies, and even planets outside our solar system. Tickets are free but required.

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Westerlund 2 Composite
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
June 20, 2018 | 8:00pm

The Historical Quest to See to the End of the Universe….Or Its Beginning

In this lecture, Robert Smith, professor of history at the University of Alberta, will examine how astronomers in the past set out to address fundamental questions about the universe. Tickets are free but required.

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Earliest Galaxies

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