The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will welcome Marie Kesten Zahn to the museum on Friday, October 8, at 1 PM. An archaeoastronomer, Ms. Zahn will give an overview of the making of the James Webb Space Telescope and its mission.

The telescope will be the world’s premier space science observatory when it launches this December. The James Webb Space Telescope will solve mysteries of the solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of the universe and our place in it. The James Webb Space Telescope is an international project led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest telescope in space, 100 times more powerful than Hubble, and able to see back in time almost 13.5 billion years to observe the earliest galaxies. The telescope is scheduled to launch on Saturday, December 18.

Ms. Zahn, a Cape Cod native, volunteers as a solar system ambassador for NASA, acting as a liaison between the space agency and the public, spreading awareness of current and upcoming NASA missions and sharing news about ongoing work in the space sciences and space exploration. She is also the director of the Brooks Academy Museum and A. Elmer Crowell Decoy Barn Museum for the Harwich Historical Society, as well as administrator for the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth. Prior to that, she spent several years working on an early 18th-century shipwreck as an archaeologist, conservator and science education coordinator.

The talk on October 8 is free but does not include general museum admission.

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