The James Webb space telescope: Mission overview and status

Matthew A. Greenhouse, John C. Mather, Mark Clampin, Rene Doyon, Kathryn A. Flanagan, Marijn Franx, Heidi B. Hammel, John B. Hutchings, Peter Jakobsen, Simon J. Lilly, Jonathan I. Lunine, Mark J. McCaughrean, Matt Mountain, George H. Rieke, Marcia J. Rieke, George Sonneborn, Massimo Stiavelli, Rogier Windhorst, Gillian S. Wright

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the infrared successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It is a cryogenic infrared space observatory with a 25 m2 aperture (6 m class) telescope yielding diffraction limited angular resolution at a wavelength of 2 um. The science instrument payload includes three passively cooled near-infrared instruments providing broad- and narrow-band imagery, coronagraphy, as well as multi-object and integral-field spectroscopy over the 0.6 < λ < 5.0 um spectrum. An actively cooled mid-infrared instrument provides broad-band imagery, coronagraphy, and integral-field spectroscopy over the 5.0 < λ < 29 um spectrum. The JWST is being developed by NASA, in partnership with the European and Canadian Space Agencies, as a general user facility with science observations to be proposed by the international astronomical community in a manner similar to the Hubble Space Telescope. Technology development and mission design are complete, and construction is underway in all areas of the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 29 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011 - Athens, Greece
Duration: Sep 15 2011Sep 17 2011

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Name2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011

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Other2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period9/15/119/17/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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    Greenhouse, M. A., Mather, J. C., Clampin, M., Doyon, R., Flanagan, K. A., Franx, M., Hammel, H. B., Hutchings, J. B., Jakobsen, P., Lilly, S. J., Lunine, J. I., McCaughrean, M. J., Mountain, M., Rieke, G. H., Rieke, M. J., Sonneborn, G., Stiavelli, M., Windhorst, R., & Wright, G. S. (2011). The James Webb space telescope: Mission overview and status. In 2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011 [6064655] (2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSpT.2011.6064655