A NEW WINDOW OPEN ON DEEP SPACE
In collaboration with Euresis Association.
John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST); Massimo Robberto, Head of the NIRCam instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore; Elena Sabbi, Head of the NIRSpec instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore. Introduced by Marco Bersanelli, Professor of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Milan.
On Christmas day 2021 from the spaceport of Kourou, in French Guiana, NASA has launched the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the most powerful infrared telescope ever built. The result of a 30-years-long effort of hundreds of scientists and engineers, JWST has a 6-m diameter multiple mirror coupled with very sophisticated instruments. The telescope will probe the depths of the universe and will produce unprecedented images of new-born galaxies, of planets orbiting distant stars, of clouds of interstellar molecules, and much more. Through the witness of the main players of the project we will have the privilege of admiring the very first images captured by JWST and to share the motivation, the open questions, and the expectation for the new vision that this extraordinary instrument will open on the universe.