Sure it is a decade late a few billion dollars over budget - what isn't?
All the headlines say how better it is than the Hubble - and in a way it is, but it's not quite a comparison, as they are looking at very different things, and for very different things. And where as we've had the Hubble for a bit, I think this thing has a 6 year life expectancy.
Still - what it is supposed to do it awesome.
While we won't start seeing images until mid-2022, the idea is for Webb to peer back in time, hopefully to the beginning of time, up to and including the Big Bang - which I think you can see on TBS at any given hour of the day. Oh, that Sheldon!
So far so good. The launch was flawless, which wasn't a given considering it went from South America. I mean, I don't think I've ever heard of a launch from South America! The sun shield is deploying as I type this. So many things still for it to do before it can think about working - each step vital to its mission.
I look forward to the completion of set up and then the data that starts coming back in June.
Song by: the Roots