The James Webb Space Telescope Mission

Jonathan P. Gardner, John C. Mather, Randy Abbott, James S. Abell, Mark Abernathy, Faith E. Abney, John G. Abraham, Roberto Abraham, Yasin M. Abul-Huda, Scott Acton, Cynthia K. Adams, Evan Adams, David S. Adler, Maarten Adriaensen, Jonathan Albert Aguilar, Mansoor Ahmed, Nasif S. Ahmed, Tanjira Ahmed, Rüdeger Albat, Loïc AlbertStacey Alberts, David Aldridge, Mary Marsha Allen, Shaune S. Allen, Martin Altenburg, Serhat Altunc, Jose Lorenzo Alvarez, Javier Álvarez-Márquez, Catarina Alves de Oliveira, Leslie L. Ambrose, Satya M. Anandakrishnan, Gregory C. Andersen, Harry James Anderson, Jay Anderson, Kristen Anderson, Sara M. Anderson, Julio Aprea, Benita J. Archer, Jonathan W. Arenberg, Ioannis Argyriou, Santiago Arribas, Étienne Artigau, Amanda Rose Arvai, Paul Atcheson, Charles B. Atkinson, Jesse Averbukh, Cagatay Aymergen, John J. Bacinski, Wayne E. Baggett, Giorgio Bagnasco, Lynn L. Baker, Vicki Ann Balzano, Kimberly A. Banks, David A. Baran, Elizabeth A. Barker, Larry K. Barrett, Bruce O. Barringer, Allison Barto, William Bast, Pierre Baudoz, Stefi Baum, Thomas G. Beatty, Mathilde Beaulieu, Kathryn Bechtold, Tracy Beck, Megan M. Beddard, Charles Beichman, Larry Bellagama, Pierre Bely, Timothy W. Berger, Louis E. Bergeron, Antoine Darveau Bernier, Maria D. Bertch, Charlotte Beskow, Laura E. Betz, Carl P. Biagetti, Stephan Birkmann, Kurt F. Bjorklund, James D. Blackwood, Ronald Paul Blazek, Stephen Blossfeld, Marcel Bluth, Anthony Boccaletti, Martin E. Boegner, Ralph C. Bohlin, John Joseph Boia, Torsten Böker, N. Bonaventura, Nicholas A. Bond, Kari Ann Bosley, Rene A. Boucarut, Patrice Bouchet, Jeroen Bouwman, Gary Bower, Ariel S. Bowers, Charles W. Bowers, Leslye A. Boyce, Christine T. Boyer, Martha L. Boyer, Michael Boyer, Robert Boyer, Larry D. Bradley, Gregory R. Brady, Bernhard R. Brandl, Judith L. Brannen, David Breda, Harold G. Bremmer, David Brennan, Pamela A. Bresnahan, Stacey N. Bright, Brian J. Broiles, Asa Bromenschenkel, Brian H. Brooks, Keira J. Brooks, Bob Brown, Bruce Brown, Thomas M. Brown, Barry W. Bruce, Jonathan G. Bryson, Edwin D. Bujanda, Blake M. Bullock, A. J. Bunker, Rafael Bureo, Irving J. Burt, James Aaron Bush, Howard A. Bushouse, Marie C. Bussman, Olivier Cabaud, Steven Cale, Charles D. Calhoon, Humberto Calvani, Alicia M. Canipe, Francis M. Caputo, Mihai Cara, Larkin Carey, Michael Eli Case, Thaddeus Cesari, Lee D. Cetorelli, Don R. Chance, Lynn Chandler, Dave Chaney, George N. Chapman, S. Charlot, Pierre Chayer, Jeffrey I. Cheezum, Bin Chen, Christine H. Chen, Brian Cherinka, Sarah C. Chichester, Zachary S. Chilton, Dharini Chittiraibalan, Mark Clampin, Charles R. Clark, Kerry W. Clark, Stephanie M. Clark, Edward E. Claybrooks, Keith A. Cleveland, Andrew L. Cohen, Lester M. Cohen, Knicole D. Colón, Benee L. Coleman, Luis Colina, Brian J. Comber, Thomas M. Comeau, Thomas Comer, Alain Conde Reis, Dennis C. Connolly, Kyle E. Conroy, Adam R. Contos, James Contreras, Neil J. Cook, James L. Cooper, Rachel Aviva Cooper, Michael F. Correia, Matteo Correnti, Christophe Cossou, Brian F. Costanza, Alain Coulais, Colin R. Cox, Ray T. Coyle, Misty M. Cracraft, Keith A. Crew, Gary J. Curtis, Bianca Cusveller, Cleyciane Da Costa Maciel, Christopher T. Dailey, Frédéric Daugeron, Greg S. Davidson, James E. Davies, Katherine Anne Davis, Michael S. Davis, Ratna Day, Daniel de Chambure, Pauline de Jong, Guido De Marchi, Bruce H. Dean, John E. Decker, Amy S. Delisa, Lawrence C. Dell, Gail Dellagatta, Franciszka Dembinska, Sandor Demosthenes, Nadezhda M. Dencheva, Philippe Deneu, William W. DePriest, Jeremy Deschenes, Nathalie Dethienne, Örs Hunor Detre, Rosa Izela Diaz, Daniel Dicken, Audrey S. DiFelice, Matthew Dillman, Maureen O. Disharoon, William V. Dixon, Jesse B. Doggett, Keisha L. Dominguez, Thomas S. Donaldson, Cristina M. Doria-Warner, Tony Dos Santos, Heather Doty, Robert E. Douglas,, René Doyon, Alan Dressler, Jennifer Driggers, Phillip A. Driggers, Jamie L. 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Abstract

Twenty-six years ago a small committee report, building on earlier studies, expounded a compelling and poetic vision for the future of astronomy, calling for an infrared-optimized space telescope with an aperture of at least 4 m. With the support of their governments in the US, Europe, and Canada, 20,000 people realized that vision as the 6.5 m James Webb Space Telescope. A generation of astronomers will celebrate their accomplishments for the life of the mission, potentially as long as 20 yr, and beyond. This report and the scientific discoveries that follow are extended thank-you notes to the 20,000 team members. The telescope is working perfectly, with much better image quality than expected. In this and accompanying papers, we give a brief history, describe the observatory, outline its objectives and current observing program, and discuss the inventions and people who made it possible. We cite detailed reports on the design and the measured performance on orbit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number068001
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume135
Issue number1048
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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