NASA is partnering with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and the Northrop Grumman Corporation to highlight the James Webb Space Telescope at South by Southwest (SXSW) from March 13 to 19, 2016. The Webb telescope exhibit will be located at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas.

Free to the public, the Webb telescope exhibit in the Gaming Expo will show visitors how this incredibly complex telescope is being built, and will describe the amazing things we expect to learn about the universe. Visitors can talk with scientists and engineers who will share how Webb will inspire the next generation to push the boundaries of science and technology. The exhibit will feature a touchscreen displaying science visualizations and other videos, tablets with Webb apps and handouts.

The Webb telescope is NASA’s top science program in development that will allow scientists to peer ever farther into the cosmos, seeing things no previous telescope has been able to see and explore the formation of the first stars and galaxies.

1. March 13 at 11 a.m. CST: SXSW Interactive Panel: “Extreme Science: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope”
Westin Austin Downtown, 301 E. 5th Street, Paramount 2-3.
Panelists include:

Amber Straughn, astrophysicist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
Blake Bullock, director at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Joel Green, astrophysicist and project scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute
Sarah Kendrew, astronomer at ESA (European Space Agency). (Badge holders)

2. March 13 to 16: Webb telescope material and presenters at the NASA Exhibit in the SXSW Trade Show

Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 2, 3 and 4, 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street. (Badge holders)

3. March 17 to 19: Large Webb telescope Exhibit at SXSW Gaming Expo
Austin Convention Center, Southside, Exhibit Halls 1 and 2. (Free and open to the public)

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