Football fans descending on the city of Houston for Super Bowl are enjoying an additional fascination, thanks to Northrop Grumman Corp. that has provided them with an opportunity to have a glimpse into the future of deep space exploration.
Northrop has put a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in downtown Houston as part of NASA’S “Future Flight” exhibit at the Super Bowl Live festival. It will be used by NASA scientists to explore deep space.
The 70 by 70-foot JWST is scheduled to be launched next year. Northrop spokesperson Connie Reese said they were very excited to see people walking up and be in awe when they see the huge model.
Speaking on the topic, Reese said, “We decided to bring NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, this full-scale model out, because we wanted to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers. It’s exciting to see families and people walk up, and sort of be in awe when they see this huge four-story model.”
NASA picked Northrop in 2002 as the prime contractor to develop the powerful telescope. NASA’s Greenbelt, Md.-based Goddard Space Flight Center is managing the ambitious project.