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From the Big Bang to the Nobel Prize and the JWSTI will describe the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to 2013, when the JWST is to be launched to look back towards our beginnings. I will discuss how the COBE results led to the Nobel Prize, how the COBE results have been confirmed and extended, and their implications for future observations. The James Webb Space Telescope will be used to examine every part of our history from the first stars and galaxies to the formation of individual stars and planets and the delivery of life-supporting materials to the Earth. I will describe the plans for the JWST and how observers may use it. With luck, the JWST may produce a Nobel Prize for some discovery we can only guess today.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Mather, John C.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 6, 2007
Subject Category
Meeting Information
American Astronomical Association Meeting(Seattle, WA)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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