Status Report

DPS Workshop for Planning Your Solar System Observations with James Webb Space Telescope

By SpaceRef Editor
July 15, 2012
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The Science Working Group of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has a dedicated effort to establish the full capabilities of this facility for Solar System Science. JWST is an infrared-optimized telescope to be placed at the Earth-Sun Lagrange 2 point. It is scheduled for launch in 2018, and will have a robust suite of astronomical instrumentation available for General Observer proposals.

In order to fully realize the maximum potential of JWST for Solar System observations, we are seeking experienced observers of solar system targets to participate and provide input in an upcoming workshop held at the DPS meeting in Reno, Nevada on Sunday October 14, 2012 (9am-noon). This workshop will provide you an opportunity to learn about the current instrument specifications and observing modes, as well as the observatory capabilities (brightness limits, moving target tracking, and others). Our goal is to fully engage the Solar System community to provide the tools needed to plan observations with JWST. A key output of the workshop will be capability objectives for the JWST team to consider for further pre-launch studies. More information can be found at:

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