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Wednesday 16 May 2012: Engineering Challenges and Scientific Capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope

by Communications Team on April 21, 2012  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Our Next Monthly Dinner

16 May 2012 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Engineering Challenges and Scientific Capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. John C. Mather

Speaker: Dr. John C. Mather, Nobel Laureate, Senior Astrophysicist NASA Goddard

Presentation: The JWST is planned for launch in 2018 as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It extends the scientific discoveries of the HST into the infrared band, covering 0.6 to 28 µm, with extraordinary sensitivity to reach far closer to the Big Bang, to look inside dust clouds where stars and planets are forming today, and to observe exoplanetary atmospheres through the transit technique. The 6.5 m telescope mirror is made of 18 beryllium hexagons, all of which are now polished, gold-coated, and tested. Using algorithms developed for the Hubble repair, the JWST will be focused after launch to achieve diffraction-limited performance at 2 µm. The telescope is protected by a 5-layer deployable sunshield the size of a tennis court, to enable it to cool to about 40 K, to reduce its thermal emissions. I will outline the new concepts and technologies needed for the mission and the scientific observations that are likely with the new observatory.

Location: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University;
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance – Lobby 1)

Meal: Pan Seared Tilapia Filet; Mango avocado Salsa and Cilantro rice with garden salad dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and iced tea.

>>Download the Meeting Flyer Here<<


Paying online with PayPal: Go to our Registration Page can pay on line via credit card. In order to make sure we have enough food please register for the event even if you plan to pay at the door.

Presentation ONLY: FREE at 7pm in Parsons Auditorium

But please register for Lecture Only Option: There could be a big turnout for this event, for planning purposes please RSVP via our registration webpage even if you don’t plan on joining us for dinner.

The purpose of the Chesapeake Chapter is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. In light of that goal, every month at our dinner meeting we have a drawing for the latest in Systems Engineering literature. So come on out for a chance to win.
May’s door prize is:
The Very First Light: The True Inside Story of the Scientific Journey Back to the Dawn of the Universe
By John Boslough and John Mather

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