Next-generation space telescope focus of Galaxy Forum
An in-person and online presentation about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is scheduled for launch in late 2021, is set for Aug. 21 at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
The telescope is seven times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope and will do it's observing a million miles from Earth.
Hear about this next-generation phenomenon at the 13th annual Ad Astra Kansas Galaxy Forum, set for 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 21.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Scott Acton of Ball Aerospace and Technologies, who has worked on the JWST since 1998.
Acton began his science career at Lockheed Palo Alto Research Labs (LPARL), developing an “Adaptive Optics” system for use in solar astronomy. This work was the first unclassified demonstration of real-time atmospheric correction. Before joining Ball, Acton was the Adaptive Optics Engineer at the W. M. Keck Observatories in Hawaii, building and commissioning AO systems for both of the Keck Telescopes. Scott has worked on JWST since 1998, joining Ball Aerospace in 2001. He is currently the Wavefront Sensing and Control Scientist for the project.
Dr. Acton is not the only speaker scheduled for the event.
Presenting about space radiation and astrophysics will be Wichita State University physics professor Dr. Nick Solomey. He will describe how we use different kinds of particles to look into places in space we cannot see directly with light, such as neutrinos from the Sun's core or black holes. He is the PI of a new NASA project Neutrino Solar Orbiting Laboratory which aims to travel within a distance of 7 radii from the Sun to study its core.
Sarah Lamm, a master's degree student in geology at Kansas State University, will update participants on Mars and Perseverance. Lamm has worked with ChemCam data from on the Curiosity Rover. She has had three internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory and one at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador.
Speaking on the interstellar university project is Steve Durst. A board member and co-founder of AAKF, he has focused on space news and exploration for over 40 years. His appreciation for Kansas, inspired by the state motto, motivates him in the long-term mission of promoting space sciences in Kansas.
To register for in-person attendance, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view virtually, live streaming will be on the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation Facebook.