The Most Powerful Telescope Ever Made Will Launch Next Month. A Texas Astronomer Is Leading Its Biggest Project.

The Most Powerful Telescope Ever Made Will Launch Next Month. A Texas Astronomer Is Leading Its Biggest Project.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope underwent cryogenic testing at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for nine months to ensure it would be able to withstand the cold temperatures of space.This past March, UT-Austin astronomer Dr. Caitlin Casey was in the sleepless haze of early motherhood, holding a two-month-old baby on her lap, when she received an email akin to winning the scientific lottery. “Cycle One JWST Notification Letter,” was the subject line. Opening it, she read, “We are pleased to inform you that your James Webb Space Telescope Cycle one proposal title Cosmos Webb has been approved . . .” She didn’t need to read further. Approved! She knew what this meant. She slammed her laptop shut and messaged her colleague Jeyhan Kartaltepe, an astrophysicist at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “We got it—oh my God, we got it,” Casey typed.“No!” Kartaltepe responded, dumbfounded.What Casey got was the largest project on the new, long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope,…View Original Post

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