Beyond the Webb Space Telescope’s Photos

The dawn of a new era in astronomy is here. Today, we got the first look at the full capabilities of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency).

If you’d like to go beyond the photos, check out this Podcast [and transcript] on ‘People I (Mostly) Admire’ entitled Why Bother Searching for Aliens? In the 48 minute show, Astronomer Jill Tarter explains what civilizations from other planets could teach us about our own future. Dr. Tarter spent her career searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, also known as SETI, S-E-T-I. She led programs at NASA and co-founded and led the SETI Institute for 35 years. If you’ve read the book Contact written by Carl Sagan or seen the movie, Dr. Tarter was the inspiration for the hero, played by Jodie Foster in the movie.