Astrophysics Science Division

NASA Official:
Jonathan P. Gardner
Chief of the Observational Cosmology Laboratory
Deputy Senior Project Scientist,
James Webb Space Telescope

Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 665
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone: 301-286-3938
FAX: 301-286-1753

Contact:    Jonathan.Gardner

SEAL Lunch Seminars:
Stellar & Extragalactic Astronomy Lunch


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SURVEY: Survey projects affiliated with GSFC

The James Webb Space Telescope at GSFC

Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey at GSFC

Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey (CANDELS)

Herschel Astrophysical Terahertz Large-Area Survey (H-ATLAS)

Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF)


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SURVEY: Survey Projects at GSFC

The Survey Group at Goddard Space Flight Center works with Hubble, Herschel and other space telescope data to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies. Using some of the longest exposures taken with space telescopes, multi-wavelength datasets spanning the ultraviolet through the far-infrared, the group learns about the buildup of morphological structures, chemical elements and kinematics in galaxies over cosmic time. Looking forward to the future, the James Webb Space Telescope will extend these studies to the first stars and galaxies to form in the early universe.

Talks on the James Webb Space Telescope and Cosmology by Jonathan P. Gardner

General-public level

For a general-public level talk entitled, "A scientific revolution: the Hubble, Herschel and James Webb Space Telescopes.", download this zip file. The file is 110 Mbytes. You will also need to get the deployment video from the JWST project website here.

Updated: 24 January 2010.

For a general-public level talk entitled, "Finding our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescope", download Warning: the file is 220 Mbytes! There are a lot of embedded movies, which you can see best if you display in "Slide Show" mode.

PowerPoint only (no movies) [ppt], 20 Mbytes.

Updated: 10/17/2005.

For a general-public level talk entitled, "The Beginning and End of the Universe". This is an overview of cosmology in two parts. Part 1 is the overview, part 2 focuses on Inflation and Dark Energy. This is in three files: Part 1 is, (100 MBytes). Part 2 begins with a movie,, (370 MBytes), and then the talk is: (240 MBytes). These are WinZIP files, which unpack into the PresentationCD PowerPoint format.

Updated: 11/1/2007.

For Children

PowerPoint only (no movies) [pptx], 40 Mbytes.

Updated: 2/27/2012.

College Undergraduate level

For a slightly more advanced version of the above talk. 105 Mbytes.

Updated: 7/1/2005.

A more recent, but shorter version at the undergraduate level., 55 Mbytes.

Updated 6/8/2007.

Astronomer or Physicist level

For a professional-level JWST mission-overview talk download this [34 Mbytes]. This is a WinZIP archive, which includes the PowerPoint file and embedded movies. You will also need the deployment video, from here.

Updated: 8/30/2011.


A video showing the deployment of JWST, followed by the mirror segment manufacturing [avi] (88 Mbytes).

A photon's view of the JWST NIRSpec Instrument [avi] (29 Mbytes).

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