Monday, February 6

FSU Astrophysics program advances with NASA technology

The Florida State Astrophysics Department has advanced since the James Webb Space Telescope launched on Dec. 25, 2021. Three professors at FSU have begun research on their first observation cycle.

When NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope this past Christmas, there were few assurances that it would reach its destination safely. After a million miles of travel, the telescope still had to carefully unfold from its stowed launch position, cool down to less than negative four hundred degrees Fahrenheit and be calibrated for its first observations. 

Nonetheless, the scientists at NASA were more than capable of making this feat of engineering appear easy. 

Here in Tallahassee, the Challenger Learning Center hosted a watch party to celebrate NASA’s unveiling of five of the telescope’s first images on July 12th. 

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