The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is making steady progress toward the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is named after a lawyer and pilot who was administrator of the agency in the 1960s. This move involves a controversy: an astronomer resigned from an advisory committee after the agency’s refusal to change the name of the aforementioned instrument. The specialist notes that Webb persecuted employees of the LGBTQ + community during his leadership years at NASA.
Lucianne Walkowicz had requested that the denomination of the JWST telescopeBut NASA rejected his request in late September without satisfactory clarification. In an open letter, the astronomer announced that, based on that laxity and as a protest, she will no longer form the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) to NASA, a resignation that took effect this week.
Walkowicz’s estrangement is a great loss to the space agency. The astronomer contributed to a better understanding of stellar activity and to study the potential for human activity on Mars. There is even a asteroid bearing your last name.
Who was James Webb
Born in 1906, James E. Webb led NASA between 1961 and 1968; was the second administrator in the history of the agency that was established in 1958. Following Gizmodo, Webb imposed homophobic practices at the State Department, and within the space agency enacted layoffs to employees of the LGBTQ + community.
Under his direction, NASA carried out one of the most relevant initiatives in its history, taking an American to the Moon before the end of the decade, within the framework of the Apollo Project. Biographical reviews describe him as an expert on bureaucratic politics with great insight into the spheres of power in Washington.
He died in 1992 at the age of 85, in the American capital.
The James Webb Space Telescope
JWST (for its acronym in English) is an observatory developed by NASA in collaboration with international agencies, including ESA Europe and its Canadian counterpart, among others. This telescope is expected to replace earlier developments such as Hubble and Spitzer.
“The world’s largest and most complex space science observatory it will be taken to its launch site, the European spaceport in Kourou, where it will begin two months of operational preparations before its launch on an Ariane 5 rocket, scheduled for December 18, “the US agency reported a few days ago.
When various groups called for a change in the name of this development, NASA promised a thorough analysis. However, in the communication of its decision at the end of September The agency did not share details about the stance to keep Webb’s name in tribute.. They simply said that they “found no evidence to justify the change.”
Walkowicz said the tepid response speaks to bigger problems at the space agency. “It is evident from this election that any promise of transparency and thoroughness was, in fact, a lie.” He added that he is not optimistic about the name change, considering that current NASA administrator Bill Nelson opposed same-sex marriage until 2013.
The expert said that she will refrain from referring to the space telescope by its official name and that together with more people they are encouraging others to do the same.
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