Countdown to rewriting the textbooks again - JWST launch imminent

To be honest, I’m more concerned about Artemis 1, the Cape, securing the site and hoping all the NASA employees, their contractors and families will be safe as Ian bears down on Florida. My company is headquartered in Melbourne, which I hope rides it out safely.


Same here. Not to take away from concerns around Artemis, but an interesting targeting project. Looks like they hit it right on, and it will be interesting to see images and data of any resulting movement. I imagine we may need to shove some stuff off course at some point.

that is GOLD!

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I see they’re rolling it back to the hangar now.

It was exciting to watch live, especially to see and hear the team’s anticipation and reaction.
I don’t know that strapping on a rocket will ever be considered routine, but I do appreciate NASA focusing on the exploratory missions and leaving low earth logistics to commercial space.

I agree that the exploratory missions are the little gems that provide great satisfaction.
With the Webb telescope sending back so many new and exciting observations, I’m now eagerly anticipating the Europa Clipper mission set to launch in Oct. 2024 [fingers crossed].
Then Elon’s Mars missions, if I live that long. :blush:

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Not the first time we’ve intentionally impacted an extra-terrestrial body. Although we did it for another reason, Deep Impact managed to hit a comet with a projectile. That was achieved while targeting the nucleus through the comet coma, and of course while the comet is moving. I saw that live when I was at Ball Aerospace. The celebration was raucous. Asteroid or comet, it is no trivial feat.


It is an astounding feat.

The newest publicly released image from MIRI (mid-infrared):

Webb’s Icy Instrument Reveals Complex Structures | ESA/Webb (

Specialists in the study of the interstellar medium (that was my concentration in grad school) are going to have a field day with this JWST image of IC 5332. Tons of fine detail between the spiral arms obscured by scattered light in the HST WFC3 visible image. That’ll be worth a boatload of peer reviewed, published papers.

My, my.


Incredible. Mind exploded.

This is so cool

How are things looking today?

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Thanks for asking. Our company has multiple sites across the country. We do a lot of cross-site work to take best advantage of our personnel. Haven’t heard from my colleagues in Florida this morning. We had a heads-up they were battening down the hatches and going temporarily off-line to ride it out. I’m feeling pretty nervous about whatever is happening there at the moment.

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Hope everyone is safe and no major damage is sustained.:crossed_fingers:t3:

Things have gotten a bit too “biblical” these last couple of years. Last year here, lots of places were on fire. Plagues, floods, fires…:man_shrugging:t2:

An interesting side note to space telescopes. I was hoping for this type of a possible solution to extending Hubble’s life span. Time will tell…


Truly incredible

Love the wide one with the barred spiral in the lower left, where - oh by the way - that’s the best image ever taken of this galaxy a billion or so light years away because it happened to be in this shot of Neptune😝 Stunning stuff.


Incredible to put it mildly.


Time to update my PC wallpaper! The interstellar medium community is going to have another field day extracting data from this observation.

Btw one of the two astronomers who acquired and processed the first 1995 Hubble image of the Pillars of Creation (actually a region in the Eagle Nebula, M16) is a Rice U. classmate of mine. He went on to academia (ASU), I branched off into industry. The fire in the belly driven by curiosity never dies. Go JWST Go! Oh and reboost HST! SpaceX is studying the feasibility of extending the mission lifetime of HST. It continues to produce great complementary science in the visible to JWSTs infrared data.