|Jump into Space with NASA's Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope Interactive Exhibit at University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History
GREENBELT, Md. - NASA's New Views of the Universe: Hubble Space Telescope exhibit will open on at the .
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The exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. A scale model of the Hubble is the focal point of the installation. "Satellite" units incorporate hands-on activities about how the telescope works, and a "Space/Time" section features Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.
The exhibit contains images and data taken from Hubble of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities. The exhibit is comprised of spectacular backlit color images and contains numerous interactive displays. Using a computer, visitors will be able to "hit" Jupiter with a comet, attempt to put star clusters in order of age, use the Hubble Deep Field image to estimate the number of galaxies in the universe, match before and after images of colliding galaxies, find specific galaxy distances from Earth using Cepheid variable stars. Using an infrared camera, visitors can also learn about the different wavelengths of light by taking pictures of their hand in visible and infrared light.
This 2,500 square-foot exhibit has a new interactive companion, the successor to Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope.
Through computer games, videos and displays, visitors will also be able to experience how the Webb telescope will work. Exhibit visitors will learn about the cutting-edge technology of the Webb telescope like one that will see the universe in infrared light. All the new technology will enable scientists to see farther back in time than any other satellite in existence and make many scientific breakthroughs.
Several interactive games are also featured in the exhibit. You can step through distances in the universe with the "Cosmic Distance Scale"; and "Scope it Out!" teaches players about two different types of telescopes and shows how the Webb telescope is similar, yet different than other telescopes.
One of the displays will also offer a comparison between the Hubble and the Webb telescope. One thing that catches the eye is the difference in the size of the mirrors on the Webb, versus the Hubble. Webb will have a much larger mirror than the Hubble, which means the Webb telescope will have excellent resolution. The completed primary mirror will be 6.6 meters (7.2 yards) in diameter, about 2.75 times larger than the Hubble's primary mirror, which is 2.4 meters (2.6 yards) in diameter.
Viewers will learn about the engineering challenges of the mission, such as folding the telescope up in the rocket for launch, and unfolding it once deployed in space. For those who can't see the exhibit in ……, it's also available on-line at the NASA Webb telescope website: http://jwst.gsfc.nasa.gov.
The Hubble traveling exhibit was developed by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). This major 2,500 square foot traveling exhibition has been fully updated and is now available at low cost directly from the Hubble Project Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
The exhibit will be in …….. through …….. and then will open at the …….. in ……...
The James Webb Space Telescope is expected to launch in 2014. The telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
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