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How does the James Webb Telescope rank in the list of mankind's greatest achievements?

Asked by gorillapaws (29799points) January 28th, 2022
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The more I learn about the James Webb Telescope, the more amazed I become. There are so many factors that had to be accounted for in order for this thing to be launched and start answering some of science’s biggest questions. It’s like a symphonic masterpiece of engineering with so many intricate pieces working in harmony, designed and built by a team spanning the globe.

Where would you rank this among other amazing accomplishments of mankind like the development of vaccines, the creation of the Large Hadron Collider, the International Space Station, etc.?

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flutherother's avatar

It’s a miracle of planning, design and engineering but how it will ultimately be ranked depends on how successful it is and what it will discover. I am personally very curious.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

I can’t wait to see what we discover with it. How it ranks remains to be seen, only time will tell.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I believe it will rank high in our list of achievements. I’ve been following it for some months, and I’m thrilled at each stage. I’m so excited to see what it can see.

elbanditoroso's avatar

No. it’s derivative. It isn’t new science or new technology – it is an extension and improvment on old technology.

Don’t get me wrong —it’s pretty cool and powerful. But it doesn’t rank with the printing press, with penicillin and other antibiotics, flush toilets, and the internet.

filmfann's avatar

Landing men on the Moon, and returning them home was bigger.

kritiper's avatar

It would really be something if it could see God’s outhouse.

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