NASA to Discuss Webb Telescope Alignment, Instrument Setup

This illustration depicts NASAs James Webb Space Telescope, fully deployed in space.
Credits: Adriana Manrique Gutierrez, NASA Animator

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 9, to discuss progress toward preparing the James Webb Space Telescope for science operations. The agency will livestream audio of the teleconference on its website.

Webb will explore every phase of cosmic history from within the solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Participants will discuss the recent completion of mirror alignment and preview what to expect for Webbs final months of science instrument preparations.

Teleconference participants include:

  • Michael McElwain, Webb observatory project scientist, NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Christopher Evans, Webb project scientist, European Space Agency
  • Jean Dupuis, space astronomy senior mission scientist, Canadian Space Agency
  • Marcia Rieke, principal investigator for Webbs Near-Infrared Camera and regents professor of astronomy, University of Arizona
  • Klaus Pontoppidan, Webb project scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute
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