The James Webb Telescope is the Christmas gift to the world that keeps on giving. We woke early Christmas morning, not for St. Nick but for James Webb — my husband and I, wrapped in our robes in front of the pellet stove, watched the launch on NASA’s youtube station.
It was a thrill to see such a diverse group of humans — scientists, project managers, engineers, and support staff who, after 25 years of work, saw their baby lift off on its way to Lagrange Point 2.
Since Christmas morning, we’ve watched as post-launch deployment milestones were completed; its gold-coated primary mirror, sun-shield, and secondary mirror all deployed without a hitch.
Now we wait while they spend the next four months focusing it.
Then they will take the first images, looking farther into the past than any telescope in history.
The gifts just keep coming…