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With the James Webb Space Telescope, Humanity Got It Right

I believe that in the event of failure, everything can still wait, except for the decision to build such a telescope in the first case. Building it requires the best of man: cooperation and devotion to knowledge, boldness and humility, respect for nature and our ignorance, and the audacity to keep picking up shards from failure and start over. And one more time.

“It’s unbelievable. We’re about 600,000 miles from Earth, and we actually have a telescope,” said Bill Ochs, Webb’s project manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center, as the telescope Literature finally opened its golden wings earlier this month.

We stagger upward under the weight of our knowledge of mortality. Facing the ultimate abyss of destiny, we can find honor and dignity as we play the cosmic game to win, trying to know and feel as much as we can in short centuries is given to us.

Once, a long time ago in another life, I happened to be sitting next to Riccardo Giacconi, one of the great captains of Great Science and later recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, was on a flight to a conference we both attended in San Diego. At the time, he worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and was looking forward to launching his dream project, a satellite – later dubbed the Einstein Observatory – that would record images X-ray images from violent objects like black holes.

However, Dr. Giacconi proposed naming his satellite Pequod, after the doom ship Ahab commanded in pursuit of Moby Dick, much to the amusement and confusion of his colleagues.

So I asked him why he wanted to name his dream creation after a dead whale.

Dr. Giacconi replied that he liked the connection of the whaling story to New England. Then he started speculating about Dante, about everyone. During the poet’s tour of hell in the Inferno section of “Divine Comedy,” he finds Odysseus being consumed by fire, as a punishment for his sins, conspiracies, and frauds during the City War. Troy and the hike then return home.

Odysseus tells the story of his life and travels, how he returned to Ithaca but then grew bored and began with his men on a voyage through the Pillars of Hercules into the waters. the great west is unknown. When his crew got worried and wanted to turn around, he told them to fasten their seat belts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/science/james-webb-space-telescope.html With the James Webb Space Telescope, Humanity Got It Right

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