Three Nobel laureates, a former astronaut and Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will be in Baltimore to discuss plans for the James Webb Space Telescope. A replica of the tennis-court sized telescope on display outside the Maryland Science Center ends its Inner Harbor run on Wednesday.
Mikulski is leading a fight in Congress to secure funding for the over-budget telescope. Mikulski will be joined by Johns Hopkins astronomer Adam Riess, who shared this year’s Nobel Prize in physics; 2006 winner John Mather of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; 2002 Nobel winner Riccardo Giacconi; and John Grunsfeld, a former astronaut and deputy director of Baltimore’s Space Telescope Science Institute. The institute coordinates use of the Hubble Space Telescope and is expected to operate the Webb.