NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

Additional Information on ERS Programs Now Available

News Feature March 8, 2018

Illustration showing JWST's science capabilities.

To maximize the James Webb Space Telescope’s full science potential, 13 science programs — spanning various topics and instruments/modes — have been selected for the JWST Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science Program (DD-ERS). The goal of these ERS programs is to help the science community quickly learn how to use the JWST’s instruments and capabilities. It is anticipated that the DD-ERS observations will take place during the first 5 months of JWST science operations, following the 6-month commissioning period.

The successful DD-ERS teams are now developing "science-enabling products," such as documentation for their programs, scientific software, and data products to share with the astronomical community. To facilitate the sharing of information, we have recently published individual ERS program pages which can be accessed by clicking the Program Title on the Approved ERS Programs page. Each program's ERS page also contains links to the Program Information tool, from where it is possible to download the APT files.The standardized format of these pages makes it easy to review and compare the various ERS programs and includes the:

  • Team members
  • Program abstract
  • Instrument and mode
  • Science-enabling products
  • Plan for community engagement
  • Team website URL (where available)

Keep in mind, there is no exclusive access period for the ERS programs so the data is immediately available to the scientific community for archival research. You should  use the April 6  Cycle 1 GO deadline to propose for archival programs using ERS data.