NASA studies renaming the James Webb space telescope for homophobia

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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch later this year, may be born with a spot and not exactly in its wonderful optics. NASA has opened an internal investigation to decide whether to change the name of the largest space observatory of all time, considered the successor to the iconic Hubble and which has cost more than 7.4 billion euros. The reason is several reports that accuse James Webb, the agency administrator in the 1960s honored by the observatory, for being involved in the persecution of gays and lesbians during his career in the US government. For some astronomers, the JWST could exalt homophobic and anti-LGTB sentiments.

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