‘It’s astonishing’ UCSC professor on James Webb Space Telescope team awed by photos

On Tuesday, NASA unveiled a set of images taken by the James Space Telescope — showing high-resolution pictures revealing the universe in a way that’s never been seen before. It’s the largest and most powerful telescope launched into space which blasted into space back in December on Christmas Day. It’s an international collaboration between the American, European and Canadian space agencies. UC Santa Cruz astronomy professor, Garth Illingworth, said he first started working on the project 35 years ago and that the massive telescope, is exceeding his expectations.“This telescope is different to anything we’ve ever built before. So it has that ability to explore in the infrared, where we can’t work from the ground very efficiently or effectively. It’s astonishing. It’s way beyond what we expected. It’s working better than the requirements that we had on the mission, and it was working better than we ever imagined it would,” Illingworth said.Many other experts were also astonished, since some doubted the success of the launch.Hartnell Planetarium coordinator, Andy Kreyche said, “It’s mind-blowing. Especially because I had my doubts that this telescope would even function properly.”Kreyche added how impressed he is by its ability to look back more than 13 billion years.“This telescope has the ability to look back in time much further and now much more clearly,” he said. Illingworth shared that the telescope can help answer what our place in the universe actually is.“I think we have a shared wish to understand where we came from, regardless of sort of where we are, who we, you know, our background or our political affiliations, anything. And this is a telescope that is going to reveal that in ways that are entirely new and way more powerful,” Illingworth said. The UCSC professor added that come Wednesday, he will start collecting data and looking to see what findings he can gather from the image.

On Tuesday, NASA unveiled a set of images taken by the James Space Telescope — showing high-resolution pictures revealing the universe in a way that’s never been seen before.

It’s the largest and most powerful telescope launched into space which blasted into space back in December on Christmas Day. It’s an international collaboration between the American, European and Canadian space agencies.

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UC Santa Cruz astronomy professor, Garth Illingworth, said he first started working on the project 35 years ago and that the massive telescope, is exceeding his expectations.

“This telescope is different to anything we’ve ever built before. So it has that ability to explore in the infrared, where we can’t work from the ground very efficiently or effectively. It’s astonishing. It’s way beyond what we expected. It’s working better than the requirements that we had on the mission, and it was working better than we ever imagined it would,” Illingworth said.

Many other experts were also astonished, since some doubted the success of the launch.

Hartnell Planetarium coordinator, Andy Kreyche said, “It’s mind-blowing. Especially because I had my doubts that this telescope would even function properly.”

Kreyche added how impressed he is by its ability to look back more than 13 billion years.

“This telescope has the ability to look back in time much further and now much more clearly,” he said.

Illingworth shared that the telescope can help answer what our place in the universe actually is.

“I think we have a shared wish to understand where we came from, regardless of sort of where we are, who we, you know, our background or our political affiliations, anything. And this is a telescope that is going to reveal that in ways that are entirely new and way more powerful,” Illingworth said.

The UCSC professor added that come Wednesday, he will start collecting data and looking to see what findings he can gather from the image.

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