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Overview of James Webb Space Telescope and NIRCam's Role
Author(s): Marcia J. Rieke; Douglas M. Kelly; Scott D. Horner
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the scientific successor to both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is envisioned as a facility-class mission. The instrument suite provides broad wavelength coverage and capabilities aimed at four key science themes: 1)The End of the Dark Ages: First Light and Reionization; 2) The Assembly of Galaxies; 3) The Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems; and 4) Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life. NIRCam is the 0.6 to 5 micron imager for JWST, and it is also the facility wavefront sensor used to keep the primary mirror in alignment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 590401 (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615554
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Marcia J. Rieke, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (United States)
Douglas M. Kelly, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona (United States)
Scott D. Horner, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5904:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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