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
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
(07-25-18) 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
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.”
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
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 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