Is Your Library Ready for NASA’s Upcoming Telescope Launch?

On December 22, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch into space! Using revolutionary and advanced technology, the infrared telescope will study every phase of cosmic history. Will the greatest questions on the origins of our universe finally be solved?

Get ready for this historic event at your library by directing curious patrons to reliable information. The launch also serves as the perfect opportunity to plan some fun STEAM programming virtually or in-person!

Things to know

Illustration of the James Webb Telescope in space. Text reads: So much of outer space is still a mystery! With NASA's upcoming telescope mission, we might get some answers!

The fastest, easiest way to get your patrons ready and informed on the launch and its historic significance is to post about it on your library’s social media pages. A quick idea is to follow the @NASAWebb Twitter account to stay up to date and retweet onto your library’s page.

You can also check out these pages to share with patrons or to get acquainted with the telescope and launch details yourself:

STEAM program ideas

NASA@My Library Partner Libraries have been hard at work planning STEAM programs to coincide with the December launch. From virtual programs like St. Louis County Library’s collaboration with the St. Louis Astronomical Society to in-person “rocket” launches at the Patchogue-Medford Library, your library can implement similar programming to get patrons excited about the launch and STEAM learning!

For a virtual program, check out the NASA@ My Library Beanstack Challenge. This reading and activities challenge is open to all U.S. public libraries and will run from December 1 to 31, 2021. Readers will have access to virtual NASA@ My Library and NASA resources to gain new skills and explore educational and career pathways in Earth and Space Science. 

Here are some ideas for programming that can also be converted into take-home kits:

How will you celebrate this historic launch? Let us know in the comments below.