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?
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.
@ 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. :(