Summer Series: James Webb Space Telescope

Enjoy our Summer Series - presentations on Black Hills figures or events packed with history and fun! Each presentation lasts an hour, including a Q&A.

What’s next in our goal to understand the universe? Learn about the James Webb Space Telescope, next-generation technology set to replace the Hubble Telescope.

Arjun Ayyangar will discuss the history of the Webb Telescope, the equipment used, and its goal to learn more about the history of the universe.

According to NASA, Webb will look much closer to the beginning of time and “hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies.” Another goal will be to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems form today.

The telescope is named after James E. Webb, who led NASA from 1961-1968. He believed in a balance between human space flight and science.

Webb will launch in 2021 on an Ariane 5 rocket - part of the European contribution to the mission.

Ayyangar has been a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador since 2018 and is pursuing a master’s degree at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has interned at both the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Kennedy Space Center.

Ayyangar is also a musician who plays piano, harp, organ, violin, veena (an Indian instrument) and santur (a Persian instrument).

Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats. 


Friday, June 7 at 5 p.m.: Eyes of the Storm
Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m.: Celebrating 50 Years of the Chapel in the Hills
Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m.: Musical Experience by Hank Harris
Tuesday, June 25 at 2 p.m.: Battle of Greasy Grass
Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m.: Burros in Custer State Park
Friday, July 5 at 5 p.m.: James Webb Space Telescope
Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m.: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission
Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m.: Custer Expedition
Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m.: The Back Porch - A Legend of Rock 'N Roll
Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.: Nuggets and Neutrinos

Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Journey Museum & Learning Center, Wells Fargo Theater
222 New York St, Rapid City, SD 57701

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Admission for a Summer Series event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.



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