[JWST] Relive an exceptional panel on the largest telescope ever launched


The French Embassy in Washington D.C. and the French-American Cultural Foundation (F-ACF) set up an exceptional space event dedicated to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on September 10th.

Proud successor of the well-known Hubble space telescope, JWST is one of the biggest and most challenging space programs of the last 30 years. It is scheduled to be launched by an Ariane 5 from the European Spaceport in French Guiana by the end of the year. JWST will allow us to go back further in time by observing the formation of the very first galaxies (about 300 million years after the Big Bang), learn more about the formation of our Universe and our origins, and surely raise questions that we don’t even know yet.

Moderated by Christian Davenport, Space and Defense reporter for the Washington Post, this symposium brought together six exceptional panelists from NASA, ESA, Arianespace and U.S. industries representing the space community deeply involved in the JWST program for almost 30 years:

  • -Stéphane Israël, Chief Executive Officer – Arianespace, SAS
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator – NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Makenzie Lystrup, Vice President and General Manager, Civil Space Strategic Business Unit – Ball Aerospace
  • Antonella Nota, STScI Associate Director – European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Gregory Robinson, James Webb Space Telescope Program Director – NASA
  • Scott Willoughby Northrop Grumman Vice President and NGAS Program Manager for The Webb Telescope

You can now (re)watch this event again on YouTube : 

Enjoy the discussion and see you on December 18th for the launch !

Go Ariane5, go JWST !


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