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FSU's Astrophysics Program Advances in NASA Technology

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Florida State University’s Astrophysics Department has come a long way since the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on December 25, 2021. His three professors at FSU have begun work on the first observation cycle.

When NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope last Christmas, there were few guarantees that it would reach its destination safely. After traveling a million miles, the telescope still had to be carefully deployed from its stowed launch position, cooled to below minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and adjusted for its first observations.

Nevertheless, NASA scientists were more than capable of making this feat of engineering look easy.

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