Media Invited to Virtual Briefing as NASA's Webb Prepares for Launch

Media Invited to Virtual Briefing as NASA's Webb Prepares for Launch

SpaceRef·2021-05-06 10:00

Media Invited to Virtual Briefing as NASAs Webb Prepares for LaunchPress Release From: NASA HQPosted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Media will have the opportunity to see the iconic golden mirror of NASAs James Webb Space Telescope open for the last time on Earth during a virtual briefing Tuesday, May 11, at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT). Officials from NASA and Northrop Grumman will discuss the significance of the mirrors deployment and next steps for the mission as it prepares for launch, which is targeted for Oct. 31. The event will air live via the following link: worlds largest and most powerful space telescope, Webb opened its iconic primary mirror wings in May as part of the telescopes final testing regimen at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. The conclusion of this test represents an important milestone as Webb marches toward launch.Briefing participants include:Greg Robinson, James Webb Space Telescope program director, NASA HeadquartersBill Ochs, James Webb Space Telescope project manager, NASAs Goddard Space Flight CenterScott Willoughby, vice president and program manager, Northrop GrummanBegoña Vila, instrument systems engineer, GoddardEric Smith, James Webb Space Telescope program scientist, NASA HeadquartersKlaus Pontoppidan, project scientist, Space Telescope Science InstituteThis event is open to U.S. and international media. Media who would like to ask questions via Zoom during the event must provide their name and affiliation by 1 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. PDT) Monday, May 10, to Laura Betz at to receive the Zoom link. Those following the briefing on social media may ask questions using #NASAWebb.Once it launches and is operational, Webb will be the world's premier space science observatory, helping solve mysteries in our solar system, looking to distant worlds around other stars, and probing the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.To learn more about NASA's Webb telescope, visit: end //More news releases and status reports or top stories.Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.


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