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Gerald Soffen Lecture Series: Dr. Jane Rigby - Why Space Telescopes Are Amazing

Why Space Telescopes Are Amazing

Jane Rigby Image courtesy Dr. Rigby One of humanity's best ideas was to put telescopes in space. The dark stillness of space allows telescopes to perform much better than they can on the darkest and clearest of Earth's mountaintops. Away from Earth’s light, we can detect colors of light–like X-rays and gamma rays–that are blocked by Earth's atmosphere.

Please join us at the Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on November 10 to hear astrophysicist Dr. Jane Rigby, deputy operations project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, discuss NASA's Great Observatories: the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. Explore how this team of observatories works together to answer important questions: How do stars form? Is there really dark matter? Why is the universe expanding ever faster and faster?

During his 30-year NASA career, Dr. Gerald Soffen (1926-2000) led the science team for NASA's Viking program, was Director of Life Sciences at NASA Headquarters, Project scientist for NASA's Earth Observing System, and created NASA Academy, NASA's premiere leadership training internship. The Viking 2 lander was posthumously named after Dr. Soffen and a crater on Mars was named "Soffen." He was best known, however, for his passion for inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start promptly at 7 p.m. Space is limited. Please register in advance by using the form below. Directions to Goddard's Visitor Center can be found here.

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