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Science and Engineering of James Webb Space Telescope Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad

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Mansoor Ahmed
Emeritus; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Astrophysics Projects Division

James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was launched into orbit on December 25, 2021, after a few decades of mind-boggling engineering and technological achievements. JWST is now well on its way to its destination with all the critical engineering milestones successfully achieved.

JWST is expected to achieve equally mind-boggling scientific discoveries once it reaches its destination at the earth-sun Lagrange point # 2 (L2) and starts producing science.

Institute of Space Technology requested Mr. Mansoor Ahmed (Emeritus; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Deputy Project Manager for the James Web Space Telescope to give a special talk on the science and engineering of James Web Space Telescope.

Mr. Mansoor gave an overview of the science goals of this great observatory, discussing how it will complement the already great discoveries achieved by Hubble Space Telescope and how JWST will extend boundaries of knowledge about our universe. JWST science objectives have imposed extreme technical and engineering challenges in developing this complicated machine. Mr. Mansoor discussed how the science objectives drove the engineering requirements and how NASA meet the challenge.

Mr. Mansoor has recently retired from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center. He continues to hold emeritus status with NASA. Before retiring, he was serving as the Associate Director of the Astrophysics Projects Division as well as the Program Manager for the Physics of the Cosmos program and the Cosmic Origins program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Mansoor has spent most of his career in serving the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) program in different capacities, including the Flight Operations Manager and the Project Manager for HST operations.