With an eye towards the future, this symposium will celebrate the extraordinary impact that the Hubble Space Telescope has had on science, culture, and society.
The symposium will have three main goals:
- Focus on and craft Hubble’s scientific legacy through 2020, highlighting synergies with other missions.
- Delineate and inspire the scientific overlap between Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope.
- Pave the way for the WFIRST/AFTA telescope and for the next generation of large optical/UV telescopes in space.
Because of its versatility, the Hubble Observatory has made seminal contributions to almost every branch of astronomy. The scientific program of this symposium will showcase the broad variety of scientific topics where Hubble has made breakthroughs, from the studies of our own solar system, to the detailed observations of extrasolar planets, to the census of stellar populations in nearby galaxies, to the deepest views of the distant Universe.