Amber Straughn: BEYOND HUBBLE: A NEW ERA IN ASTRONOMY WITH NASA’S JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
This month, the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates three decades in space. Across this span of time, Hubble has been revealing the unknown cosmos; this single scientific instrument has completely revolutionized our understanding of the universe. Despite the remarkable advances in astronomy that Hubble has provided, the new questions that have arisen demand a new space telescope with new technologies and capabilities. I will present the exciting new technology development and science goals of Hubble's ~100x‐more‐powerful successor, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which is undergoing final testing and will launch next year. This engineering marvel is designed to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of the universe, from discovering the first stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang to studying the atmospheres of planets around other stars.