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James Webb Space Telescope is the science breakthrough of 2022

It’s been a triumphant year for the James Webb Space Telescope. From a flawless launch on Christmas Day 2021, through a perfectly executed deployment sequence, to early images that took everybody’s breath away, the $10 billion space observatory has been exceeding expectations every step of the way — so much so that critics quickly forgot about the years of delays and massive cost overruns. Now, two of the world’s most prestigious science journals cement the James Webb Space Telescope position as “the science thing of the year.” 

Editors of the journal Science selected the James Webb Space Telescope from a pool of candidates, which also included NASA’s asteroid-deflection mission DART, as the Science Breakthrough of 2022. In addition, Science’s competitor Nature included Webb’s Operations Project Scientist Jane Rigby among its “10 people who helped to shape science stories (opens in new tab)” of 2022. (Earlier this year, Time Magazine dubbed (opens in new tab) the telescope one of the best inventions of the year.)

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