CWC Alumnus to visit campus about a telescope that will replace the Hubble

Central Wyoming College Alumnus Scott Acton, a scientist who works on the James Webb Space Telescope will be on campus this Friday, April 8 at 7 pm in the Fremont room.

Acton works for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, a company that has been helping build the telescope. He is the wavefront sensing and control scientist on the telescope which means his job is to piece the telescope back together after launch. However, Acton’s first mission is to bicycle around the world to teach others about this amazing telescope. The James Webb Space Telescope will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5 meter primary mirror and will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October of 2018, according to NASA’s website. This telescope will replace the Hubble telescope.

Acton’s first leg of his journey started in Boulder, Colorado on April 1 and will end at Deadhorse, Alaska but his journey will not end there. He will continue to three other continents including Europe, Asia and Australia.

“This is a rare opportunity for students to meet a scientist working on this fascinating step into the unknown,” said Suki Smaglik, professor of Earth and physical sciences. “Students and the public are invited to come and listen to the amazing story of the new James Webb space telescope and ask Dr. Acton about his career, trip and anything else they are curious about in regard to the trip or the telescope.”

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