“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” So says Hamlet to his school chum after a chilling encounter with a ghost. The line went through my mind as I looked at the first image released by NASA from the James Webb Space Telescope, the marvel of engineering and audacity recently parked and unfolded in an orbit roughly 1 million miles from home. Operating so far away gives the Webb super sensitivity to infrared light that cannot be seen by the human eye.
Von Drehle: The years and billions spent on the James Webb telescope? Worth it.
July 13, 2022