Virtual Lecture: Science with the James Webb Space Telescope: Technology and Testing

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Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Lecture

Please join the WSU Planetarium and Detroit Public Library for the first in our free virtual lecture series celebrating the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope this coming winter. To register, sign up at eventbrite.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is larger than the Hubble Space Telescope, and will be sensing infra-red radiation rather than visible light. This will allow JWST to probe deeper nto the early history of our universe, as it will be able to detect objects with much greater red-shifts.

Dr. Mark Christensen will discuss the engineering and testing challenges associated with the JWST and its mission, as well as the planned program of observing. The presentation will close with a brief biographical sketch of James Webb, who was the NASA administrator for much of the Apollo program.

Dr. Christensen was born and raised in the Detroit area. He studied Mathematics and Physics at Wayne State and Purdue Universities. After he completed his doctorate, he served on the faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology and worked at Northrop Grumman, and as a consultant in the operational test and evaluation of airborne radar and electro-optical systems.

Wayne State University is pleased to partner with the Detroit Public Library on a series of presentations around the JWST launch, with support from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  This is the first lecture of the series.

To register please visit the library's Eventbrite page.

Zoom link will be sent to registrants before program.

October 2021