Uh oh, acronyms. What is Dan up to now?
Relax, it’s not math…but it is science…and it’s very exciting.
Are you old enough to remember James Webb? Hint, you would have had to been alive between 1961 and 1968. I was alive, and like most Americans and many others around the world, I was glued to our television set when the achievements he was responsible for were playing out on the small screen (largest TVs in that era were 21-25”- 53-64cm). The photo and caption are from NASA.
Now, in 2021, James Webb is being honored.
NASA plans to launch the James Webb Space Telescope into orbit Dec. 18, 2021, to serve as the premier deep space observatory for the next decade.
“Webb, an international program led by NASA with its partners ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, will launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on the northeastern coast of South America. ESA is providing the Ariane 5.”NASA
“Webb is an exemplary mission that signifies the epitome of perseverance. … I am inspired by our dedicated team and our global partnerships that have made this incredible endeavor possible. Together, we’ve overcome technical obstacles along the way as well as challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. I also am grateful for the steadfast support of Congress. Now that we have an observatory and a rocket ready for launch, I am looking forward to the big day and the amazing science to come.”Gregory L. Robinson, Webb’s program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
I know, I know, it’s scheduled to launch in December, three months from now. But December is a busy month, and the folks that run WATWB sometimes skip December, and I wouldn’t want this story to be skipped. One last quote from the NASA story:
The Webb telescope’s revolutionary technology will explore every phase of cosmic history – from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Webb will reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help humankind understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.NASA
If you want to read the press release, click here. If you want to know more about the James Webb Space Telescope, click here (you really should, it’s so cool). Finally, if you want to know more about James Webb, click here.
The “We are the World” Blogfest continues, well into its third year. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. Click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. Click HERE to visit the #WATWB Community Facebook page. Special thanks to this month’s co-hosts, – Eric Lahti and Susan Scott .