Online SoVerA Meeting: Exploring the Solar System with the James Webb Space Telescope

September 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Margot Kuhns Schmitt

Dr. Heidi Hammel will be presenting on NASA’s next flagship facility, the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in October of 2021. Dr. Hammel is one of the six Interdisciplinary Scientists for Webb, and thus has guaranteed observing time.  In this talk, she will give a status update on Webb, review some of the overall science goals of the Webb mission and explain what she and her team hope to learn with this new tool for exploring our universe.

She received her undergraduate degree from MIT and her Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. She is the Vice President for Science at AURA and works in Washington, DC helping to manage large telescopes for the US government. Her research has focused on Neptune and Uranus, using the Hubble Space Telescope and many other facilities. Hammel has received many awards, for her science and her outreach work, and has been interviewed for Newsweek and the New York Times. Asteroid “1981 EC20” has been renamed “3530 Hammel” in her honor.

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