Status of the James Webb Space Telescope and its Capabilities for Exoplanet Observations
Mark Clampin



The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a large aperture, infrared telescope planned for launch in 2018. JWST is a facility observatory that will address a broad range of science goals covering four major themes: First light and Re-Ionization, the Assembly of Galaxies, the Birth of Stars and Protoplanetary Systems, and Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life. With a 6.5 meter diameter mirror it will be the largest space telescope ever flown, and is the first cryogenic telescope to incorporate passive cooling, achieved by means of a large sunshade, to reach its ~40 K operating temperature. JWST has a complement of four science instruments that offer a range of capabilities for exoplanet imaging and transit imaging and spectroscopy. I will present an overview of the observatory design, highlight recent progress towards integration, testing, and science operations. I will also discuss JWST's launch and commissioning timeline. Finally, I will present the capabilities of JWST to conduct programs which address the observations of exoplanets.