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Learn About the James Webb Space Telescope at RMSC

    WHAT: The RMSC invites the community to attend a lecture at the Strasenburgh Planetarium to learn more about NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope from a local expert. 

    Part of the organization’s Science on the Edge lecture series, attendees will hear from Tony L. Whitman, Cryogenic Optical Test Director of the James Webb Space Telescope and Chief Systems Engineer of the Roman Space Telescope Optical Telescope Assembly.

    The lecture will discuss the significance of the new space telescope and explore how it can be seen as “Hubble’s Next Generation Successor.” 

    After Hubble, the top remaining astronomical questions required a leap in space telescope technology, leading to the concept of the James Webb Space Telescope. L3Harris of Rochester had the responsibility of integrating and testing that new technology concept. During the lecture, Whitman will share details about astronomy, the telescope, and stories of challenges and contributions to the next generation’s astronomical adventure.

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    Wednesday, December 15, at 7:30pm.

    Lecture begins at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm.



    Learners of all ages are welcome, but lectures are geared toward an adult audience.



    The RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium

    657 East Ave

    Rochester, NY, 14607