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October 12, 2011 10:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-34

Giant Webb Space Telescope Model to "Land" in Baltimore

October 12, 2011: Baltimore's Maryland Science Center is going to be the "landing site" for the full-scale model of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, and it's free for all to see. The Webb telescope life-sized model is as big as a tennis court, and it's coming to the Maryland Science Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor from October 14 through 26, 2011. It's a chance for young and old to get a close-up look at the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope in the same size it will be launched into space. Experts will be on hand to discuss the Webb telescope's deep-space mission, how it will observe distant galaxies and nearby stars and planets, and the progress made to date in building the observatory. Spokespeople will also be available starting at 10 a.m. EDT and throughout the model exhibition. There will also be educational activities and an "Ask the Scientist" booth in front of the model during the daytime. Accompanying the display in the evening is a laser-art lightshow that converts Hubble data into brilliant green graphics that are projected onto the side of the Science Center. The display also accompanies the annual meeting of the Association of Science-Technology Centers that will be held in Baltimore October 15-18. The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street, Baltimore, Md. 21230. For directions and more information, call the center at 410-685-5225.

This photo composite is a depiction of the Webb full-scale model at the Maryland Science Center.
For a sped-up video of the construction of the Webb full-scale model, visit:
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a010500/a010570/index.html
View on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbCBeq2Rz9Q
For more information about the Webb Telescope, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/webb-balto.html

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Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Jeffries (STScI)