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James Webb Space Telescope Night at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center

Visitors learn about NASA's new space telescope at the James Webb Space Telescope Night at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center on August 26, 2010.


Credit: NASA/GSFC/Bill Hrybyk


On August 26, over 140 visitors filled the Goddard Visitor Center for “Seeing the First Light,” a special night to learn about the James Webb Space Telescope. This free, engaging event was part the Goddard Visitor Center Lecture Series.


Paul Geithner, James Webb Observatory Manager, and Amber Straughn, Lead Scientist for Webb Telescope Education and Public Outreach, shared details about the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Both Geithner and Straughn gave presentations to guests that outlined the mission’s goals and the science behind the telescope. After their presentations, both answered questions from the audience.


Guests were then treated to hands-on exhibits of James Webb hardware and equipment, presented by James Webb Optical Physicist Brent Bos, and were able to view mesmerizing films on the Science on a Sphere projection system. Once it got dark outside, many peered into the night sky by star gazing through telescopes provided by Goddard's Astronomy Club.


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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.


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Taken on August 26, 2010