The MOST in Syracuse Joins NASA in Celebration of Webb Space Telescope First Science Images

“Cosmic Cliffs” in the Carina Nebula (NIRCam Image)
07/13/2022

The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) has joined hundreds of sites across the country to celebrate the release of the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s next great space science observatory. The MOST will offer a range of public programs to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) to the community.

“We are thrilled that the MOST is an official host site for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope community events celebrating Webb’s first stunning images,” said Dr. Emily Stewart, Senior Director of Education & Curation. “As a STEM leader in the community, we hope to inspire and guide students through new topics in space and astronomy that may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore outside the MOST.”

Webb is the largest and most complex space science telescope ever built – the premier observatory of the next decade. This international mission, led by NASA in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, launched Dec. 25, 2021. After unfolding in space into its final form, Webb successfully arrived at its destination nearly 1 million miles from Earth and began preparing for science operations.

The observatory, which is designed to see the universe in the infrared, will push the field of astronomy into a new era. Webb will be able to study light from distant parts of the universe for the very first time – the first galaxies that formed over 13.5 billion years ago – and give us insight into how our universe formed. It will also peer into dusty stellar nurseries to explore distant worlds orbiting other stars, as well as observe objects in our own solar system. Webb will extend the scientific discoveries of other NASA missions like the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

The MOST will be hosting a first images exhibit opening event on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. complete with 3D printed models, frames and panels of images, space activities, NASA giveaways, and more.

The MOST is located at 500 S. Franklin St. Syracuse, NY 13204. Our community event will be free with museum admission and open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will be in-person.

To learn more about the Webb telescope, visit webb.nasa.gov and webbtelescope.org. To learn more about the MOST, visit most.org.

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