The james webb space telescope’s plan for operations and instrument capabilities for observations in the solar system

Stefanie N. Milam, John A. Stansberry, George Sonneborn, Cristina Thomas

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is optimized for observations in the near- and mid-infrared and will provide essential observations for targets that cannot be conducted from the ground or other missions during its lifetime. The state-of-the-art science instruments, along with the telescope's moving target tracking, will enable the infrared study, with unprecedented detail, for nearly every object (Mars and beyond) in the Solar System. The goals of this special issue are to stimulate discussion and encourage participation in JWST planning among members of the planetary science community. Key science goals for various targets, observing capabilities for JWST, and highlights for the complementary nature with other missions/observatories are described in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume128
Issue number959
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Infrared: planetary systems
  • Kuiper belt: general
  • Planets and satellites: general
  • Techniques: imaging spectroscopy
  • Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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