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NASA Releases Unprecedented First Images from New Flagship Space Telescope

HeadlineJul 13, 2022

NASA has released the first images from its new flagship telescope, the JWST, revealing an unprecedented view of the cosmos, from galaxies that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang to the births of stars in vast nebulas of gas and dust. The telescope is named after James Webb, who served as NASA administrator during the era of the Apollo moon landings. Earlier this year, NASA administrator Bill Nelson rejected a petition — signed by over 1,200 astronomers and astrophysicists — demanding a change to the telescope’s name amid new revelations about how Webb helped to purge NASA of LGBTQ+ employees as part of federal policy. The petition reads in part, “The historical record is already clear: under Webb’s leadership, queer people were persecuted. Those who would excuse Webb’s failure of leadership cannot simultaneously award him credit for his management of Apollo.”

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