by Elizabeth Gamillo/Smithsonianmag.com
“This amazing telescope has not only spread its wings, but it has now opened its eyes,” Lee Feinberg, the Webb optical telescope element manager at NASA, explained in a press conference. Like wiping your eyes after a bleary-eyed glimpse of daylight in the morning, the telescope still needs to adjust its focus.
The inaugural shot is much blurrier than the “unprecedented views of the universe” it will begin capturing when set-up is complete this summer, according to a NASA statement. Until the mirrors are fully aligned, each one is functioning as an individual telescope, explains George Dvorsky for Gizmodo. Technically, JWST captured 18 blurry images of the same star on its first go, but that’s actually a great start.
“Launching Webb to space was of course an exciting event, but for scientists and optical engineers, this is a pinnacle moment, when light from a star is successfully making its way through the system down onto a detector,” said Michael McElwain, Webb observatory project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.