RASC Regular Meeting, September 13, 2021

The James Webb Space Telescope – Astronomy’s Next Eye on the Universe

RASC Regular Meeting, Monday September 13, 2021

7:00 PM MDT, Meet and Greet

7:30 PM MDT, Meeting begins, including guest talk, News from Space, AstroImaging Corner, and other RASC features.

FREE and open to the public.

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Guest Speaker:

Mark Waldman

The James Webb Space Telescope – Astronomy’s Next Eye on the Universe

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.

This talk will provide an overview of the science (what will the Webb be looking for), the telescope operation, the 2017 cryo-vac optical test, and plans for post-launch commissioning.

Mark Waldman (MS Optics 1977, University of Rochester) has over 40 years of optical engineering experience, most of it related to telescopes.  He worked at the Eastman Kodak Company from 1977 to 2008, where he participated as a test engineer for the IKONOS optics, NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory high resolution mirror assembly, and the JWST system optical test (starting in 2004).  He continued on JWST, on contract, supporting the system optical test as its lead test planner through its completion at Johnson Space Center in 2017. Mark is now supporting the commissioning program, which is currently in rehearsal for post-launch support in 2021-2022.


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