Two days ago I went to South by Southwest (SXSW) and saw the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). It was only a model but while I was there I learned lots about outer space.
When I first arrived there I was going around looking for something to take notes of. I had a whole stack of colored pencils just in case I needed to draw something, three regular pencils, and a notepad that was supposed to be for summer break. Of course I actually used it as my notepad for this post. I was wearing my one and only labcoat!
While Mum was talking to Fraser Cain, after she finished talking he told me a little bit about Panspermia. The definition of Panspermia is that rocks from Earth get spouted into the air and land on Mars. This could happen when a big, big asteroid hits Earth! That means life on Mars could come from Earth. The rocks carry bacteria from Earth.
It’s helping me research for my paleo-exo-biologist job. Paleo-exo-biologist means a person who looks for prehistoric life on other planets. And I’m going to probably be the first one alongside two of my friends. One friend will take notes, the other will keep the rocket in shape, and I will dig up the prehistoric life! Because prehistoric dead life is awesome! Dinosaurs in space are better than anything else!
As said above, the life on Mars could come from Earth if there is life on Mars. So thank you Fraser Cain for helping me with my research!
Next I took a few pictures of all of the views of a small model of the JWST.
Next I wrote this in my notes about ISIM: “ISIM supports four Webb instruments and electronics.” I wrote only this down.
We just did some research on ISIM because we didn’t really know what it was. We found a website about it and learned that it’s the Integrated Science Instrument Module. I just learned what module means: it’s like a piece of something that finds its way into something else. For example, in the Lego version of Fluffy McSharkah Khan the eyes and teeth are a module of the whole thing.
We saw a video about the ISM which basically showed that it’s JWST’s brain:
The ISIM has some infrared sensors because the JWST uses infrared to see space. They had an infrared camera and I got to test it out. Of course the thing they used for cold was uncomfortably cold! It was water with ice in it so you expect that, right?
In my notes I wrote, “I did an experiment with a heat sensor . The results are heat is white and cold is purple.”
Also inside the tent was an iPad thingy with lots of space information. It was a NASA iPad app. I tell you it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E awesome! I got most of my notes on there. The first thing I did was learn a little bit about one of Mars’ craters mapped by Curiosity which is actually a rover, not a crater! The crater is 96 miles in diameter. That means it could have water. It is three times the height of the Grand Canyon. It has a mountain inside. I wrote all that in my notes completely completely completely!
Later I came and took more notes. And this is a lot of notes. You’re going to see how many!
- The solar cycle damages satellites and shuts down power.
- Greenhouse gases can cause ice to melt.
- Solar flares are a threat to satellites.
- Some exoplanets are KOI-961, Kelper-1ob, and KOI-961b.
- The things you need for life are carbon, atmosphere, magnetic fields, energy, and water.
- The things used for preserving life are ice, minerals, and atmosphere and gases.
- Evidence that there’s life on Mars is there was water in the past of Mars, there is water on Mars now, Mars has an atmosphere, Mars has magnetic fields, Mars has inorganic and organic compounds, and Mars has energy.
I don’t really understand what inorganic and organic compounds are. I hope somebody comes and tells me about that. If you are a scientist and you do know about that come and tell me about it please!
Then we went back outside to the big model and took a video all the way around. It’ll be coming later in a different post. And also we made some measurements. I mean, we made only one because we weren’t really allowed to go that close to the JWST model. We measured the overhanging low frame:
I did some tricky math for the measurements. The holder part of the measuring tape is 2 3/4″. The holder basically was not only used for holding the measuring tape but also says how high it is! So whenever you measure, it’s plus that! The measuring tape said 79″. So we have to add 79″ plus 2 3/4″ and that equals 81 3/4″. So the the lowest part of JWST that we could reach by the barrier is 81 in. and three quarters from the ground.
I met some other people too. Like Scott Lewis. He made a good joke about Highlights Magazine. He’s my Mum’s friend and he’s the one who told us about this whole thing. When we got home we saw a picture of him kissing a chicken! It was a rubber chicken in a NASA suit. We didn’t get to meet the chicken but I hope we do sometime! Just because it’s funny! It’s awesome!
Some nice NASA people gave me a comic, a poster, a fortune teller, and a pin and some stickers. Thanks! Also, a I got a pin that nobody else got! I really amazed them by all my note taking so one of them gave me an extra pin. It instead has the NASA logo instead of just the JWST pin. Thanks!
I’m bringing extras of some stuff to my class. I really hope my classmates enjoy it, especially the comic. Here I am reading it:
It was wonderful, I tell you, wonderful!
Peo’s Question From This Post
What does “inorganic compounds and organic compounds” mean?