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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the largest and most complex space science observatory ever built to transform our view of the universe and deliver world-class science. Webb will study every phase of 13.5 billion years of cosmic history—from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, to everything in between. Webb will seek to answer age-old questions: How did the universe begin? How do galaxies form and evolve? How do we fit in the cosmos? Launched on Dec. 25, 2021, Webb is led by NASA, in partnership with the European and Canadian Space Agencies — an international collaboration involving nearly 20,000 people from 14 countries and 29 states, and it embodies NASA’s values of teamwork, diversity, and excellence.
Join The Explorers Club on Monday, September 12th to learn about the frontlines of space exploration!
This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.
In-person tickets are $10 for Members, and $25 for the General Public.
Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
Dr. Eric P. Smith
Dr. Eric Smith is the Program Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope Program at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He also serves as the Astrophysics Division Chief Scientist.
Previously, Dr. Smith served as the James Webb Telescope Program Director. Prior to becoming the Program Director in 2010, he was both the Webb and Hubble Program Scientist. In that role he was the senior NASA scientist responsible for Webb science content and was also responsible for monitoring and managing the science program for both Webb and Hubble, ensuring their missions remain viable and true to NASA strategic objectives. As Program Scientist for Webb Smith was responsible for the definition and safeguarding of the “Level 1” science requirements for Webb. These delineate the essential capabilities the observatory must possess such as primary mirror size, instrument complement, and mission lifetime.
He worked with the Webb Project during the observatory’s development to keep NASA Headquarters management and external partners, both international and intergovernmental, apprised of how the developing hardware measures up against costs, schedules, and science requirements.
Before coming to NASA Headquarters he worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on the science team for the Space Shuttle borne Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope, and on the data archiving and distribution system for Hubble. He was also the Webb Deputy Project Scientist from 1996-2001.
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