NASA has released an “Official Mission Trailer” video to promote the planned Christmas Day launch of the James Webb Telescope. Presented like a trailer for a blockbuster film, the 87 second video offers an exciting glimpse into the mission many astronomers believe will fundamentally alter our understanding of the cosmos.
Now, humanity stands on the threshold of understanding offered by this once in a lifetime space observatory, and the numerous questions it may finally answer.
“We have uncovered wonders undreamt by our ancestors who first speculated on the nature of those wandering lights in the night sky,” the mission trailer video narration opens. “We’ve crossed the solar system and sent ships to the stars.”
ANALYSIS: WHAT JAMES WEBB MEANS TO NASA and SCIENCE
“If all goes as planned, JWST is set to re-write everything we know about our place in the Universe,” writes Brothwell.”
“Webb is set to reveal parts of the Universe that were completely out of reach until now,” Brothwell adds, “it will explore the first galaxies that lit up the cosmos, and search for life on distant exoplanets. The Hubble Space Telescope has been doing this kind of thing for decades, but Webb, at around a hundred times more powerful, is going to leave Hubble in the shade.”
OUTLOOK: ALL SIGNS POINT TO CHRISTMAS DAY LAUNCH
After numerous setbacks and delays, it appears that the recently scheduled Christmas Day launch may actually happen. Time will tell if it is a success, and if the telescope actually produces the incredible insights hoped for by NASA mission planners. However, just trying to do something this epic is a testament to science and humanity alike.