Ellen Stofan Editorial on the New James Webb Space Telescope!

Dear Commons Community,

Ellen Stofan, Undersecretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian Institute, has an editorial in today’s Science, on the the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) scheduled to launch on December 22nd.  She lauds JWST for what it will do for humankind in exploring the origins of the universe, galaxies and blackholes (see video above). 

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has taken 30 years and $10 billion to develop, and is being described as one of the grand  scientific endeavors of the 21st Century.  The telescope will be able to see just about anything in the sky. However, it has one overriding objective – to see the light coming from the very first stars to shine in the Universe.

Stofan’s editorial is below.



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