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 ever 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. We are bringing Webb back to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center March 13-15, 2015. 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 Microsoft World Wide Telescope and an Instagram booth, where people can take a zero-G selfie. 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 Palmer Events Center during the following dates/times:

    Friday, March 13, 2015 from Noon to 8 p.m.
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 from Noon to 8 p.m.
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 from Noon to 8 p.m.


Also, on Sunday, March 15 from 5 to 6 p.m., check out the SXSW Interactive panel, "Touching the Universe." A panel of experts from NASA and Northrop Grumman will celebrate Hubble's 25th anniversary by showcasing the biggest scientific discoveries and its impact on culture, reveal new capabilities that now make Hubble more powerful than ever to tackle new science challenges, and discuss how we explore beyond Hubble with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018. For more information, click here.



Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704


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Christina Thompson
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
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