James Webb Space Telescope at South by Southwest (SXSW)

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The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's top science mission that will allow us to peer even farther into the Cosmos, seeing things that even the mighty Hubble Space Telescope cannot see. The Webb Telescope is the successor to the iconic Hubble, and will be 100x more powerful. With mirrors taller than a four-story building and a giant tennis court-sized sunshield, Webb will be launched one million miles from Earth in 2018. It will reveal the Universe's first stars and galaxies, will uncover newborn Solar Systems in nearby stellar nurseries, and will even be sensitive enough to examine the detailed makeup of the atmospheres of other rocky worlds.

Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor working with NASA to build the James Webb Space Telescope, that will unleash a new dawn of discovery. We are bringing Webb back to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Expo at the Austin Convention Center March 17-19, 2016. Come learn about the vision behind the Webb Telescope and the challenges of its construction in this exhibit that showcases the science, images and technologies changing our understanding of the universe. Free to the public, the exhibit will feature a touch screen with the interactive touch screens, JWST models, and much more. Come talk with scientists and engineers who will share how Webb will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of science and technology forward.

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Free and open to the public (no badge required). Visit the JWST exhibit inside the Austin Convention Center during the following dates/times:

    Thursday, March 17, 2016 from Noon to 8 p.m.
    Friday, March 18, 2016 from Noon to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 from Noon to 8 p.m.

Also, on Sunday, March 13 from 11 a.m. – noon at the Westin Austin Downtown , Paramount 2-3, 301 E 5th ST, check out the SXSW Interactive panel, "“Extreme Science: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.” A dynamic panel of experts from Northrop Grumman, NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute will discuss the various aspects of building, assembling, and testing the largest telescope to ever be launched into space: the James Webb Space Telescope. As the scientific successor to the beloved Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb Telescope will explore uncharted territories in the first epoch of galaxy formation--a part of our Universe never seen before. The James Webb Space Telescope will also have the amazing capability to study exoplanet atmospheres in unprecedented detail. This is possible due to innovative technologies that push the boundaries of what is capable for spacecraft. For more information, click here.



Northrop Grumman Booth:
    SXSW Gaming Expo: Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX
Panel: Westin Austin Downtown , Paramount 2-3, 301 E 5th ST

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For more information about the James Webb Space Telescope, click here.

Media Contacts:

Connie Reese
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Office: (310) 812-2166