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Unfolding The Universe


“Unfolding the Universe: A James Webb Space Telescope VR Experience” is in commemoration of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope and was created by conceptual artist Ashley Zelinskie in coordination with the James Webb Space Telescope team.

Visitors will teleport to the “Sky” gallery, where they will experience artist Ashley Zelinskie’s virtual installation, which includes 3D animated sculpture and interactive portraits of the James Webb Space Telescope team. The artist and her team Metaxu studio will be present at events to explain the VR experience and process of creating this piece. This is also the location of the live lecture and Q&A session with a James Webb Team.

No special VR hardware is required, though the VR experience requires a desktop browser (it is not mobile-compatible). (Note: If you do have VR hardware, you can use it to experience the gallery.)

Desktop version: https://unfoldtheuniverse.myhubs.net

Interviews with these Webb project members have been integrated with Ashley Zelinskie’s conception VR art installation. These Webb scientists/engineers may participate in future lectures/Q&As, so stay tuned!

Dr. Amber Straughn (NASA Goddard)

Dr. Conor Nixon (NASA Goddard)

Elaine Stewart (NASA Goddard)

Dr. Intae Jung (NASA Goddard)

Dr. John C Mather (NASA Goddard)

Kan Yang (NASA Goddard)

Dr. Knicole Colón (NASA Goddard)

Krystal Puga (Northrop Grumman)

Larkin Carey (Ball Aerospace)

Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney (NASA Goddard)

Paul Geithner (NASA Goddard)

Dr. Sarah Kendrew (European Space Agency)

What is the James Webb Space Telescope?

The James Webb Space Telescope is the world's premier space science observatory. Webb will solve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant worlds around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. Webb is an international program led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

Webb was launched on December 25, 2021, and is currently in the midst of its commissioning process. Learn more about Webb: https://webb.nasa.gov. Find mission updates at https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/.

Work displayed in this exhibition includes:

The Expanding Universe

Southern Ring Nebula


She Signs Her Work in Stars

Southern Ring Nebula

Search for Another World

Cartwheel Galaxy

Deep Field

Stephan’s Quintet

La Danse

Birth, Rebirth