Technology has advanced and the time has come to put up a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  NASA is well on the way to a next generation space telescope but to my horror, they've chosen to call it the James Webb Space Telescope!

"Who the hell is James Webb?" you might ask.  Well, he was a lawyer and a bureaucrat. He happened to be the top administrator of NASA through the glory years of Gemini and Apollo, but he was not a scientist.

Is anyone else offended by having a piece of advanced technology named after a bureaucrat?  I'm fine with putting his name on a government building, but I think the next generation space telescope should be named after a scientist - perhaps Carl Sagan.

Should we protest?

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Here is Neil deGrasse Tyson saying what he thinks is the most astounding fact he can share about the universe.  I did not, apparently, inherit the 'embed code' gene, so I will post it as this link here.  It's under 4 minutes, and the text is also written under the video.

Space rocks!

@ Blaine - do you think if we look up without a telescope would we ever catch sight of one of these?

Hubble is still working away.

Thanks Reg.  I always love reading about Hubble - but even this article now mentions Webb.  It bothers me to hear the two names in the same sentence.  The U.S. is experience such a terrible wave of anti-intellectualism and, as all to many countries are, is governed by lawyers rather than scientists - and now Webb, another lawyer, is walking on Hubble's coattails. :(


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