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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Has Landed in Austin!

And it’s free for all to see!

As big as a tennis court and as tall as a four-story building, the one and only full-scale Webb telescope model will be on display next to the Palmer Events Center from March 8 to 10, in conjunction with the South by Southwest Gaming Expo.


Not only will you get to see the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, but while you’re there, you’ll be able to participate in a variety of other exciting activities related to Webb.

  • Talk to astronomers and engineers who are making Webb happen, including a Nobel laureate and a five-time astronaut.
  • Take a tour through the universe on a giant, 20-foot-wide monitor powered by Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope.
  • Be part of a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest astronomy lesson ever taught.
  • Visit the NASA Experience Tent, filled with astronomy displays, videos, and hands-on activities.
  • Spend an evening under the stars, looking through telescopes provided by local amateur astronomers.
  • Video chat with an engineer in NASA’s enormous clean room, where parts of Webb are currently being assembled and tested.
  • View Webb-inspired artwork created by local schoolchildren.
  • Attend one or more presentations about the science and technology of Webb.
  • “Check in” at the model, and post your own pictures from the event to our online photo stream.

Activities will be going on from noon to midnight each day, and all are free and open to the public. Check our event calendar to find out what’s happening when.