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- Physics Department Colloquium
Building on the groundbreaking successes of the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope will open new windows on the Universe at infrared wavelengths. I will present the latest status of the mission, and the roadmap for the final straight towards launch, commissioning and operations. I’ll focus in particular on the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which will bring unprecedented spatial resolution and sensitivity at mid-IR wavelengths - a challenging region to access from the ground. MIRI will bring a huge improvement in spatial resolution and sensitivity compared with past and contemporary mid-IR facilities, and will enable groundbreaking new science in a broad range of research areas. I will describe the instrument, its different observing modes and some highlights of the science programmes planned for cycle 1.