Designed in the 80's and launched in 1990, the Hubble telescope has for decades provided images which have captured the imagination of the public and rewritten our understanding of the universe. After almost thirty years, NASA is looking to its new generation of telescope, the James Webb, as they prepare for Hubble's final swan song. This talk will discuss the groundbreaking achievements and lessons learned from the Hubble telescope and the future hopes of the James Webb telescope (to be launched in spring 2019).
Greg Robison (PhD Physics – Purdue University), assistant professor of Physic s and Astronomy, Hanover College. Dr. Robison’s focus of study at Purdue was utilization of x-ray fluorescence microscopy using synchrotron radiation. This technique became the basis for his thesis on the study of manganese accumulation in the rodent central nervous system. As an undergraduate, he particpated in research projects ranging from a study of the radiation absorption and thermal properties of bromine intercalated carbon fibers at NASA's Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio), to a study of low mass x-ray binary data at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, N.M.), to a project modeling experimental equipment for muon capture at Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.).
All ages are welcome. Free. No registration necessary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812/265-2744 for more information.
The Bicentennial Speaker Series presents experts speaking about timely topics on third Thursdays. Upcoming speakers for the spring series are: March 15: Skip Dine-Young and Bill Bettler; April 19: Lake Lambert; and May 24: Barbara Garvey.