Northrop Grumman donated a a permanent exhibit of the James Webb Space Telescope to the Maryland Science Center on Wednesday. The event featured three Maryland Nobel Prize winners and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski.
“I believe in the science and innovation that have made America a world leader in discovery. There is no other mission planned either by NASA or any other space agency that can achieve the scientific goals of the James Webb Space Telescope,” said Sen. Mikulski.
The Webb telescope is currently being built by Northrop Grumman and its teammates under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Webb team has invented new designs and manufacturing technologies for the telescope.
It features an ultra-light weight 6.5-meter (21-foot) diameter primary mirror and a tennis-court-sized five-layer sunshield to enable its infrared instruments to collect very faint images of star and galaxy formation billions of years ago.
The three Maryland Nobel Prize winners in attendance included John Mather, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics and Webb telescope senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.; Adam Riess, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, professor of astronomy and physics at the Johns Hopkins University; and Riccardo Giacconi, recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics and university professor at the Johns Hopkins University.
“In Maryland, science is jobs. Scientific innovation creates jobs and economic growth through innovative products and new businesses. The James Webb Space Telescope will keep America in the lead for science and technology and inspire students to learn science,” added Mikulski.