Jonathan P. Gardner, chief of the Observational Cosmology Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the deputy senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope presented at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute. Regarding the project, Gardner said, “NASA’s science is done for the purpose of discoveries.” These discoveries are set to include the formation of galaxies outside of our solar system amongst many other scientific projects.
The independent agency is expecting to launch the James Webb Telescope in 2021. The telescope is the successor of Hubble and Spitzer telescopes. Gardner gave everyone an inside look into the internal and external features of the telescope. He also delivered step-by-step procedures on how they built the telescope’s scientific instruments.
In addition to exploration, many investments from NASA and other agencies go toward new technologies. This time, the European Space Agency will contribute to this upcoming launch. NASA will soon accept observational proposals from the astronomical community to use the James Webb Telescope. Everyone, especially astronomers, can present proposals to NASA. The organization progresses in their ongoing growth and conduction of scientific research. Gardner explained the goals and purpose of their astronomical discoveries.
“The telescope will help to connect the Big Bang and the formation of stars and galaxies to the history of our solar system and planets, like the Earth,” Gardner said.