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Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

Colloquium with Sarah Kendrew, JWST - Thursday, March 1st at 3:30 pm, White Hall G09

THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE: MISSION OVERVIEW AND THE ROAD TO SCIENCE

Dr. Sarah Kendrew
JWST-MIRI Instrument & Calibration Scientist
European Space Agency, Baltimore

The James Webb Space Telescope is the NASA/ESA/CSA flagship infrared space
mission for the next decade. Scheduled for launch in spring 2019, the telescope and
spacecraft are in the final stages of integration and testing and the first science time
allocation calls, open to the international astronomy community, are already in
progress. JWST will break new ground in a wide range of topics in astrophysics,
from our own Solar System to the early Universe and the Epoch of Reionization. Its
four instruments provide continuous wavelength coverage from 0.6 to 28.5 μm with
imaging, coronagraphy, and a number of spectroscopy techniques. Alongside the
progress in hardware assembly, integration and testing, a suite of proposal planning
and user support tools have been developed at the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, as well as data processing and analysis software. I will give an
overview of the mission and its instrumentation, the available observing modes, and
the roadmap to the first JWST science.

Kendrew photo