Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100: TELESCOPE’S QUEST

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“How does it feel to make history, everybody?” That’s what Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told his team members after NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope unfolded its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror Jan. 9. More powerful than the Earth-hobbled Hubble telescope, the $10 billion Webb will soar 1 million miles above the earth to peer back to within a cosmic inch of the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago. While the result of a decade long project for U.S. and European scientists, Cape Canaveral-based NASA deserves congratulations for its relentless quest for understanding and the talent it attracts in the process.

Originally posted for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100.

Photo: www.webb.nasa.gov

 

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