"Increasing the Awesome: NASA's Next Huge Space Telescope"
By Amber Straughn
Just when you thought that we couldn't get any better than Hubble, NASA goes and builds a telescope 100 times more powerful. Amber will talk about the development and science we'll do with the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble, which is currently being built and planned to launch in 2018. Some highlights: the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang and atmospheres of exoplanets. And why being an astronomer is the best job on this planet (or any other?).
Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. When she's not gazing longingly at the heavens (or throwing things at her computer in attempts to get code to run), Amber enjoys cooking, yoga, and flying airplanes....though not all three at once.
NOTE: Giant telescope not included. However, a life-size replica will be at the Long Center March 8-10!