The James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful and complex cosmic observatory ever built—is now fully deployed. After an incredible amount of meticulous planning and almost half a year of deployment and commissioning, in addition to slowly unfolding over two weeks, it is now on a mission to study the earliest stars and explore every phase of cosmic history.
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After more than twenty years in the making, the James Webb Space Telescope is finally prepared for launch. Named after a NASA director during the Apollo era in the 1960s, the telescope will add to our knowledge of the early Universe, tell us more about how galaxies form and evolve, and look for signs of life outside our Solar System.
After eight successful years with the ESSC, Dr Dominique Langevin will be stepping down as the ESSC Life and Physical Sciences Panel chair. In this blog, we share stories from her scientific career working with major European organisations and the International Space Station (ISS).