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Aug 01, 2022 2022-08-01

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Facts, Photos, Videos on NASA’s Most Powerful Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful telescope ever built, enables scientists to see parts of the Universe as they were about 200 million years after the Big Bang. That’s fairly close to the beginning of time, given that the Universe is projected to be more than 13 billion years old. Through the images, scientists—and schoolchildren—can glimpse some of the earliest galaxies ever formed.

One place to start helping students wrap their minds around this concept is the explainer included with teacher resources developed by NASA. It helps students understand the size of the telescope—it’s as tall as a three-story building and as long as a tennis court—as well as its mission.

Another resource, produced by Northrop Grumman, is Into the Unknown, which tells the story of Webb’s creation. It offers students a real-life window into how mistakes and miscalculations inform discovery and invention.

Plus: Someone who may be inspiring to students is Gregory Robinson, the Webb program director who has been credited with bringing the project to fruition after years of delays and budgetary issues. Robinson, who is Black, is the ninth of 11 children, born to sharecroppers in rural Danville, Virginia. He grew up in the largely segregated South.

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