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JWST is alive and … so do we!

Posted July 12, 2022 By grigoris

JWST delivered its first images (publicly) today! That was the best news to get as an astronomer for two reasons. The one is of course the scientific reasons, as it is one of the most important telescopes sent to space and perhaps the most challenging mission to launch and deploy at that distance (L1). There should have been already tens (or hundreds ??) of articles with respect to this part.

However, there is another important reason. Everything went finally smooth and we have a working telescope. That means that Astronomy will not dismay! Imagine if all this effort and funding of 10 billion dollars would fail… I cannot and I do not want to! Thankfully this did not happen and hopefully this will motivate more funding towards Astronomy that should be reflected to jobs also….

So let’s enjoy and cheer about this new era in Astronomy!

Webb’s First Deep Field, the image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 (Credit: NASA)