Space historian set to publish research spanning more than two decades when $10-billion successor to Hubble Telescope launches in March 2021.
After 12 years of delays, NASA announced last month that the $10-billion James Webb Telescope was finally assembled.
The successor to the Hubble Telescope, which has been in orbit for almost 30 years, the Webb is touted by NASA as “the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide” and transmitting images of “every phase in the history of our universe” while looking for signs of life beyond our solar system.
When it finally launches in March 2021, University of Alberta space historian Robert Smith will follow the Webb’s every move, as he has done since the inception of the project more than 20 years ago.
Smith is recognized as the on-the-scene historian of this enormously complex collaboration among thousands of scientists at NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. As...