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The information shared on this page is for Webb First Image Events in the United States only.

To Our Official Hosts:

We are so excited to inform you that the Webb Space Telescope’s first images will be released on July 12! This email includes information about how the images will be revealed, the exclusive expert panels and how to RSVP for them, getting your event on the map, three new resources, and a “brag” sign.

First Images Reveal: The news package for Webb’s First Images (images, visuals and assets) will be released on Read more details here ( 

Expert Panels: The expert panel especially for Community Event hosts and your audiences will begin at 6 p.m. EDT on July 12. There will also be two expert panels especially for Community Events on Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. EDT in Spanish, and then at 3:30 p.m. EDT in English. To RSVP, please contact your point of contact. You’ll be able to RSVP until right before the panel starts. We’ll send the link and directions to ask questions to this entire mailing list about a week before, and then again a couple of days before the event. (We will also have expert panels on August 14 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, September 9 at 7 p.m. EDT and October 13 at 2 p.m. EDT. We’ll share sign-up info for those panels later.)

Event Map: Please don’t forget to give us your event info through this form: Please enter at least your organization’s information by June 3; you don’t need to have an event date yet! We’re accepting updates on a rolling basis, so you can add your date later, but we plan on getting the first version of the event map posted in early June. We need you to fill out the form to appear on the map on

Checklist: To help you plan your event, we are pleased to offer another resource – a how-to-be-a-host checklist ( This guide will walk you through everything you need to consider to have an event either on the day of first images release, or later in the summer. The guide also includes a “cookbook” that walks you through how to have several hands-on activities. 

New Outreach Slides: We’ve also updated the outreach slide deck. It is available at and on our resources page ( It doesn’t include Webb’s first images yet, but the deck will be updated soon after the images are made public. The deck will be available in Spanish in a few weeks.

Science Training Recording: The Webb science training recording is available at ( with the Webb science.

Brag Signs: Finally, we’d like to offer you a chance to brag about your participation in this Community Events initiative. Please contact your point of contact for the links to download these signs. These are ONLY for you, our Community Event hosts, so please don’t share these links outside your organization.

To our official hosts: 

We hope that you are well and excitedly planning your first images event! Please don’t forget to give us your event info through this form: Please enter at least your organization’s information by June 3; you don’t need to have an event date yet! We’re accepting updates on a rolling basis, so you can add your date later, but we plan on getting the first version of the event map posted in early June. We need you to fill out the form to appear on the map!

The rest of this email contains information on Webb’s progress, training recordings, materials, and the latest on when first images will be released.

Webb Is Fully Focused: Alignment of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is now complete. After full review, the observatory has been confirmed to be capable of capturing crisp, well-focused images with each of its four powerful onboard science instruments. Next is science instrument commissioning, which will take about two months before scientific operations begin in the summer. You can read more about this development at and more generally about what has been going on with Webb at the blog ( 

Trainings: The recording of the Astrophoto Challenge training and the social and local media training are now posted at The next optional training is May 24 at 2 p.m. when Dr. Kelly Lepo will talk about Webb’s science. We’ll send out a calendar invitation for that training a few days in advance.

Materials: We know that you are anxious to receive your give-away materials from us! Your packages will include stickers and bookmarks. We are planning to get you the materials before the day of first images release. We appreciate your patience; the shipping companies we use are the same ones that you do, and they are facing unprecedented challenges. 

First Images Date: Finally, thank you for waiting patiently to hear about the date that Webb’s first images will be released! What we know so far is that it will be mid-July. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more.

If you have any questions about planning your event or anything else, please reach out to your point of contact by email, or stop by their office hours. If you don’t know who your point of contact is, please ask!

To our official hosts: 

It was lovely to see so many of you at training this week! This email is a follow-up to those sessions, and includes information on where to access the training recordings, a reminder about forms, more about office hours, and information about future optional training sessions.

Training: If you weren’t able to attend our trainings this week, you can watch the recording at The slides from the training are available there too.

Forms: Don’t forget to fill in the forms to confirm your shipping address for materials, and to input your event information as you have it. The latter form is editable, so you’ll be able to add information and make changes on a rolling basis. Both forms are available here:

Office Hours: Your point of contact will be in touch with you (if they haven’t been already) in the next few days about their office hours schedule. 

Working with Multiple Sites: Some of you are working with multiple venues having separate events. If you are, please send your point of contact each organization’s name, address and primary and secondary contact information AND ask each organization to fill out the shipping form if they want materials.

Future Trainings: Please check your email for an attachment with the schedule of optional trainings coming up with connection information. These will also be recorded and available on the OuterSpace page, so please don’t worry if you can’t make it. 

Bonus! Our colleagues on the Earth science side of the house have been busily preparing for Earth Day on April 22. Please go to for the virtual event. Note that there is a Webb learning game also on the program! For those near Washington, D.C. there will also be an event at Union Station.

The new official hosts of the Webb Space Telescope Community Events were notified by email on March 25. We are excited to have them as a part of the NASA family as we get ready to celebrate Webb’s first images!

To our official hosts: 

Safety: As you think about your events, please know that we support you making decisions that are best for your communities, and that includes safety. We acknowledge that the COVID pandemic is not over – as much as we desperately want it to be – so please feel free to plan virtual events, take-and-make events, or whatever other event design keeps people safe. We are flexible because this is an ever-evolving situation.

Resources: We have loaded our OuterSpace Community Events page ( with endless resources to help you plan your event. In addition, we will be posting the emails we send you right here; in case you miss an update from us, everything will be available here. Also, there is a map of other hosts across the country. Please consider coordinating with others hosting events near you. (We will connect you via email to the other hosts in your state/territory in the weeks to come.)

NASA Materials: We will be sending you a package of NASA materials (Webb decals, Webb bookmarks and NASA decals) in June. For us to do this, please complete this form ( with your shipping information by April 22.

Training: We will hold two training sessions (with the same content) on April 5 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT and April 6 from 2:30-4 p.m. EDT. Please check your email – including your spam and junk folders – for information about how to connect.

Points of Contact: A point of contact is assigned to you to answer questions you may have as you plan your event. We hope to answer many of your questions at the aforementioned training sessions, so we encourage you to wait to reach out to your point of contact after that. At that point, the points of contact will be available via email and office hours (which we will explain at training). Please check your email for information about your point of contact.

Further update emails will come from me (, Peter Sooy ( or your assigned point of contact. Add us to your address book so our messages don’t go to spam!

We are looking forward to working with all of you to celebrate our new view of the universe!

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