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Dates:Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Virtual Activities
Program will be approximately 30 minutes + Q&A.
Recommended for ages 12+.

Can origami help scientists alter our understanding of the universe? If you were wondering, the answer is yes!

The James Webb Space Telescope is a revolutionary successor to the Hubble Telescope and 100 times more powerful.

It has taken 100 million hours of people’s lives to build JWST, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built.

An international team of engineers created an origami-styled observatory that can be neatly folded inside a conventional rocket and then unfolded once in space.

In this presentation, we will get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most daring scientific missions ever attempted!

Webb will make observations once thought to be impossible, and multiple new technologies had to be invented simply to build it.

The groundbreaking mirror and powerful instruments will look deep into the past, to a time when the earliest stars and galaxies were born.

Webb will also discover and study distant planetary systems, analyzing the molecular composition of extrasolar planets’ atmospheres and directly imaging Jupiter-size planets orbiting nearby stars.



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