Giuseppe Cataldo is the chief engineer of NASA’s EXCLAIM mission and the near-infrared camera as part of NASA’s contributon to the PRIME telescope, as well as the head of modeling and uncertainty quantification for backward planetary protection of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Capture, Containment & Return System.
Giuseppe has contributed to a variety of NASA missions, projects and technology development programs, including instrumentation for space telescopes, payloads for Earth-imaging satellites and advanced concepts for lunar exploration.
From 2014 to 2020, he worked on the James Webb Space Telescope, for which he spearheaded the development of a Bayesian-based model validation approach and uncertainty quantification framework that led to drastic reductions in the time and cost of the required analysis cycles with superior results when compared to state-of-the-art methodologies.
For this, he was awarded NASA’s Early Career Public Achievement Medal and two team awards.
This presentation will provide an overview of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will succeed the Hubble Space Telescope in our quest for the first galaxies formed out of the darkness of the early universe.
Webb will use a ~6.5-m-diameter primary mirror to collect infrared light, which will be analyzed by four scientific instruments. It will operate at the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point and will have a five-layer sun shield to be able to work at cryogenic temperatures.
The telescope is an international effort of NASA and the European and Canadian Space Agencies. It is scheduled to launch no earlier than December 22, 2021.
The webinar will be held on December 12th at 5:30 pm CET
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