NASA, ESA, and CSA released the first set of images from JWST yesterday, and they are awe-inspiring. I literally don't have the words to describe them. Just look at that detail in the shot of the Carina Nebula. Incredible.
10 years ago, I and 434,737 other people, filled out a form on the NASA website, submitting our names for inclusion on a CD that would be attached to the New Horizons probe for launch on January 19, 2006. Sent off to the outer Solar System to study Pluto.
Today, 9 years later, at 12:03:50 UTC, those 434,738 names streaked past Pluto at over 36,000 miles per hour.
Congratulations to everyone on the New Horizons team, and Hello Pluto!
You look at the shuttle, it's not as if it's this pristine, shining, gleaming piece of metallic technology – it looks like a ship, it's got dents and burns and inside multiple crews have whacked the paintwork and you can see scratches and things. They are ships that have been operated and lived in and done these incredible voyages all with their individual characters.
Piers Sellers, meteorologist and NASA astronaut.
Love the choice of language on this NASA comment form.