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Could Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope detect alien life?
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When I was looking on the BBC website, and I saw this, first I thought it might have been clickbait, so I read it, "The US space agency boasts that it will literally "look back in time to see the very first galaxies that formed in the early Universe" " (To be honest I really doubt it will be able to look back in time, anyway) "As if those claims were not bold enough..." (something bolder than saying that it can look at the beginning of time itself as we see it, I wonder what could it be) "that the eventual successor to the world famous and beloved Hubble Space Telescope may (thanks to its 6.5m golden mirror and exquisitely sensitive cameras) have an another extraordinary talent ... The JWST, as it is called, may be able to look for signs of alien life - detecting whether atmospheres of planets orbiting nearby stars are being modified by that life ... Despite this, the project to build it narrowly survived cancellation by the US Government in 2011 ... an estimated $10bn(billion) rather than it's originally planned $1bn(billion)." That was most information about the Space Telescope, but the article goes more in-depth about how JWST works, which solar system the Space Telescope would be focusing on. Anyways, I believe it might be able to detect life forms on the planet but thinking that it can look back on time itself like seeing the big bang, that was approximately 13.8 billion years ago, I am doubtfully about that but that's me tell me what you think about the article, and what you believe that the Space Telescope ability be? 

Article - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45400144
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I agree with you that it would most likely be not able to actually look back in time since if we were able to do this it would alter our understanding of the universe and from this we would be able to most likely jump decades of advancements in technology in a very short time . I think it is also a cool thing that maybe in our generation NASA might be able to contact alien life if it does exist.
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(09-18-2018, 10:28 AM)BenNourse Wrote: I agree with you that it would most likely be not able to actually look back in time since if we were able to do this it would alter our understanding of the universe and from this we would be able to most likely jump decades of advancements in technology in a very  short time . I think it is also a cool thing that maybe in our generation NASA might be able to contact alien life if it does exist.

ya it would be cool in some ways, but you have to think what would the world do, no, what would an average human think that aliens do exist, and what if they attack us, it might be the end for humanity, well I guess only time would tell
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I also agree with the fact that the camera would not be able to look back in time, to the earlier stages of the universe. If they aren't bluffing it would be one of mankind's most influential pieces of technology ever. If this is what's happening in 2018, just imagine what we could have in 2020.
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