JWST Resources

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AURA collects James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) documentation on this site as a service to our community, and provides the material on an “as-is” basis.

JWST is NASA’s infrared flagship observatory. JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

The development of the observatory is managed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the main industrial partner is Northrop Grumman. The Science and Operations Center for JWST is the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI brings together the scientific community to enable and maximize the science of JWST. Its staff is responsible for the development of the ground system for JWST, which includes flight operations, as well as the software the astronomical community needs to plan and execute JWST observations, and to analyze the data it produces. STScI is also responsible for hosting the JWST data in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).
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Latest News and Articles


Editorials and Op-Eds

Community Reviews and JWST Reports

Science Papers and Presentations

Fact and Information Sheets

JWST Technical Progress

Other Resources

Latest News and Articles

Loren Grush (08-01-18) Why Nasa is Struggling to Get Its Most Powerful Space Telescope Off the Ground The Verge

Ryan F. Mandelbaum (7-26-18) Congressional Committee Grills NASA and Northrop Grumman on James Webb Space Telescope Delays Gizmodo

Joel Achenbach (7-26-18) Northrop Grumman CEO is grilled about James Webb Space Telescope errors Washington Post

Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach (7-24-18) NASA’s next great space telescope is stuck on Earth after screwy errors Washington Post

Jeff Foust (7-24-18) NASA faces funding challenge for JWST in future years Spacenews

Mike Wall (07-18-18) It’s Inspection Time for the James Webb Space Telescope’s Huge Sun Shield Space.com

David Thornton (07-13-2018) NASA says Webb telescope behind schedule, but ‘worth the wait’ Federal News Radio

Eric Berger (07-10-2018) With further delays, Webb telescope at risk of seeing its rocket retired ARS Technica

Phoebe Braithwaite (07-08-2018) The launch of Nasa’s giant Webb telescope has been delayed, again Wired

Deborah Byrd (06-28-2018) James Webb Space Telescope launch pushed to 2021 EarthSky

Stephen Clark (06-27-2018) Webb’s launch delayed to 2021 at an extra cost of nearly $1 billion Spaceflight Now

Karen Kaplan (06-27-2018) If NASA can overcome human error and other problems, its James Webb Space Telescope may finally launch in 2021 Los Angeles Times

Sarah Kaplan (06-27-2018) The James Webb Space Telescope is — wait for it — delayed again The Washington Post

Marina Koren (06-27-2018) Another Shocking Delay for NASA’s Next Big Telescope The Atlantic

Dennis Overbye (06-27-2018) NASA Again Delays Launch of Troubled Webb Telescope; Cost Estimate Rises to $9.7 Billion The New York Times


(07-26-18) Press Release From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology House Science Committee Demands Answers on James Webb Space Telescope Delays

(07-26-18) Statement by Wes Bush Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Northrop Grumman

(07-25-18) Statement by NASA Administrator Bridenstine at Hearing on James Webb Space Telescope SPACEREF

(07-25-18) Statement By Thomas Young At Hearing on James Webb Space Telescope SPACEREF

(07-25-18) Rep. Bera Statement at James Webb Space Telescope Hearing SPACEREF

(07-25-18) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Statement at James Webb Space Telescope Hearing SPACEREF

(06-27-18) NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX)
“The James Webb Space Telescope has tremendous potential to expand our knowledge of our solar system and our universe. Program delays and cost overruns don’t just delay the JWST’s critical work, but they also harm other valuable NASA missions, which may be delayed, defunded, or discarded entirely. The Science, Space, and Technology Committee is looking forward to analyzing today’s report in depth as we work to ensure accountability and efficiency in the JWST project. We’ll be holding a hearing to address this report next month. Our witnesses will include NASA Administrator James Bridenstine, Tom Young of the JWST Independent Review Board, and Northrup Grumman’s CEO Wes Bush – the primary contractor on this project. I expect to see progress on keeping projects on budget and on time.”

Eddie Bernice Johnson (06-28-2018) Ranking Member Johnson Statement on the Assessment of the James Webb Space Telescope

Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Nelson (D-FL)
“While I am deeply disappointed by what has come to light over the last several months, I believe the discoveries we will get from the James Webb Space Telescope will be worth the cost of completing the mission – which is what the Independent Review Team recommended. Imagine if we had chosen not to continue the Hubble Space Telescope after its problems were discovered? But we also need to do some soul-searching to find out how to better manage large, complex and ambitious programs in the future.”

AAS President Megan Donahue’s Statement on the James Webb Space Telescope (06-28-2018)

Interview with NASA Administrator Bridenstine: (07-13-2018) Roll Call
Q. NASA is relying on contractors to build a new deep space vehicle, the Space Launch System, two commercial crew vehicles to replace the space shuttle to take our astronauts to the International Space Station, and an ambitious new telescope, the James Webb. But these projects are behind schedule and over budget. It worries House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. Is there a contract administration problem at NASA?

A. Lamar Smith is right: There is a challenge here that we have to wrap our arms around and figure out how to fix. What I would tell you, when you think about the Space Launch System, which is the largest rocket ever built, it’s going to give us transformational capabilities that are necessary to get to Mars. No. 2, the James Webb Space Telescope, we’re going to go over $8 billion on that program and that means I have to go back to Congress, in front of Chairman Smith, and I have to ask for a reauthorization. I think that’s the right thing to do. Congress needs to 100 percent buy in on this.

Here’s the important thing: The science we are going to get from James Webb is also transformational. We are going to see for the first time cosmic dawn. We are going to see light from the very formation of the universe. We are going to learn more about the universe in which we reside than we’ve ever known before.

Editorials and Op-Eds

Jeff Foust (07-02-2018) Too big to fail? The Space Review

Robert Zubrin (05-15-18) Advice to the New NASA Administrator The Weekly Standard

Mark Whittington (04-12-18) Why NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is such a fiscal black hole The Hill

Jeff Foust (04-02-18) A tangled Webb of delays The Space Review

Leonard David (12-29-17) Is the James Webb Space Telescope “Too Big to Fail?” Scientific American

Community Reviews and JWST Reports

(06-27-18) James Webb Space Telescope Independent Review Board Report

Science Papers and Presentations

Jason Kalirai (07-14-18) Scientic Discovery with the James Webb Space Telescope

Science Information and News

James Webb Space Telescope Science JWST.NASA.gov

James Webb Space Telescope for the Scientific Community STScI.edu

James Webb Space Telescope Science News webbtelescope.org

JWST Technical Progress

Thaddeus Cesari (08-09-2018) Time saving tooling rods used on NASA’s Webb Telescope sunshield NASA.gov

Thaddeus Cesari (07-20-2018) Technicians Lay NASA’s Webb Sunshield Layers Flat for Inspection NASA.gov