Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A large number of children along with their parents and teachers from different schools in the city witnessed the first images of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at the Regional Science Centre here on Tuesday evening.
They also joined NASA’s Global live coverage which was scheduled from 8-9pm. Some were seen capturing images in their smart phones.
Curator and project co-ordinator of the centre Saket Singh Kaurav said that the auditorium of the centre was packed with children who enjoyed a lot. “The capacity of the auditorium is 170-180 and it was almost full.”
Besides, an interaction with Deputy Programme Scientist, JWST, NASA-HQ, USA Dr Hashima Hasan was streamed live from 4:30 pm to 5:15pm. It was followed by a Q&A session on James Webb Space Telescope (6 pm to 7pm), science quiz on James Webb Space Telescope (7-7.30pm) respectively.
“We organised the quiz contest on the spot to make children a part of the celebration. It was also to engage and encourage them,” Kaurav said.
James Webb Space Telescope [JWST] is the largest, most powerful, and one of its own-kind space telescopes ever built for exploring the universe in infrared light. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), released its first full-coloured images and spectroscopic data on July 12.