Flagship Webb Space Observatory Nears Science Debut

Saturn’s moon Epimetheus and Titan
Among the targets for the James Webb Space Telescope are the moons, rings and other features of Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Saturn’s 70-mi.-dia. moon Epimetheus and the fog-shrouded, 3,200-mi.-dia. Titan in 2006, with the A and F rings in the foreground.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
More than 25 years ago, astronomers pointed the Hubble Space Telescope toward a patch of what appeared to be mostly empty sky near the handle of the Big Dipper and waited. For 10 straight days, the observatory collected every photon of light it could. The results were galvanizing. Beyond what had...

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