The James Web Telescope

Presented by Hannah M. Scherer - Technical Lead, Northrop Grumman

The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's flagship astrophysics mission. Launching in late 2018, JWST will reveal a universe we have never seen before. JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. JWST is an international collaboration between NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (the European Space Agency), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland is managing the development effort, Northrop Grumman is the main industrial partner, and the Space Telescope Science Institute will operate JWST after launch. Hannah will introduce the James Webb Space Telescope, discuss its four main science goals, and discuss the main features of the JWST Observatory design; the telescope, sunshield, spacecraft bus and integrated science instrument module. She will also share status of the program and current path towards to launch.

Bio: Hannah Scherer works for Northrop Grumman and is based in Adelaide, South Australia. In her current role she works as an Australian Aerospace Programs Technical Lead, focusing on the future Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capability. Prior to her position in Australia, she held various roles on the James Webb Space Telescope in Redondo Beach, CA, most recently working as a lead spacecraft systems engineer on the Observatory Systems Engineering team. She is passionate about STEM outreach, having led the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge (HSIC) for multiple years which aims to develop and foster the next generation of engineers and scientists. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Free – visitors welcome – booking not required

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Wednesday 05 Jul 2017

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kerr Grant Theatre 2nd Floor, Physics Building, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide



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