Friday, March 24, 2023

2023 Michael Collins Trophy Winners | The James Webb Space Telescope Team

2023 Michael Collins Trophy Winners | The James Webb Space Telescope Team

The international James Webb Space Telescope Team has been awarded the 2023 Michael Collins Trophy for Current Achievement. The James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most powerful space telescope ever deployed, captured public attention in July 2022 when the team released its first  scientific images and data. Since beginning science operations last year, scientists have used the James Webb Space Telescope to make exciting discoveries across many fields of astronomy—and there is so much more to come. 

The Michael Collins Trophy is awarded annually by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Webb is the largest, most powerful telescope ever launched into space. 

Webb is an international partnership between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Under an international collaboration agreement, the European Space Agency provided the telescope’s launch service, using the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Working with partners, ESA was responsible for the development and qualification of Ariane 5 adaptations for the Webb mission and for the procurement of the launch service by Arianespace.

The Canadian Space Agency contributed two important elements, built by Honeywell, to the Webb Telescope:

1) the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS), which allows the telescope to point at and focus on objects of interest

2) the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS), a scientific instrument that helps study many astronomical objects, from exoplanets to distant galaxies

Credit: The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Duration: 4 minutes

Release Date: March 24, 2023

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