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Plenary 1 - Early Science Results from the James Webb Space Telescope

Third Level, MG Salon D

The launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on Christmas day 2021 was watched with great anticipation around the world. Following its long journey to its observing location a million miles from Earth, and after 6 months of intensive commissioning activities, this novel space telescope’s observations exceed expectations and are changing our perception of the universe in fundamental ways.

This session will summarize why JWST is so ground-breaking and will present a new look at its first science results extending across astrophysics from cosmology to exo-planets by a panel of astrophysicists on the front lines of discovery.


  • Jonathan Gardner, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Néstor Espinoza, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Rochester Institute of Technology