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It’s great to see the rain coming back, but it certainly makes stargazing difficult. So instead of stargazing, we’re going to take a look at a virtual event taking place Wednesday at 7pm. The Mountain View Library will host NASA Talk: James Webb Space Telescope Launch. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. The talk will be given by Thomas Greene, an astrophysicist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center. He conducts observation studies of exoplanets and young stars and develops technologies and astronomical instruments. He is one of the researchers for a few key scientific instruments that are built specifically for this telescope. A total of four instruments were built for the telescope. He also sits on the James Webb Space Telescope Users Committee.
If you haven’t heard it yet, the James Webb Space Telescope is NASA’s largest and most powerful space telescope ever built. Its many unique technologies and mission have been in development for 20 years. In August, testing was completed for the December 18 launch. It arrived at the launch site in French Guiana on October 12. It is so large that it will need to be folded for launch and then unfolded after launch. Unfolding of all complex instruments and tools will take two weeks. He will travel 1 million kilometers to observe the sun and the Earth aligned.
He will observe a part of space and time that has never been seen before. The telescope will observe the very first stars and galaxies formed more than 13.5 billion years ago. Scientists will also use it to study planets and other bodies in our solar system to determine their origin and evolution and compare them with planets orbiting other stars, exoplanets. It will be the first NASA and European Space Agency astrophysics observatory in its five to ten year lifespan.
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