James Webb Image Reignites Calls To Rename Telescope Amid Links To LGBT Abuses
After releasing the first images of the James Webb, the space telescope has reaffirmed calls by astronomers for Nasa's renaming of the instrument amid claims that Webb was complicit with the historical persecution of LGBTQ+ persons.
The $10 Billion telescope is named in tribute to James Webb, an American official who was the second administrator of Nasa.
Webb was the US undersecretary for the state between 1949 and 1952. He also led the space agency through many Apollo missions in the 1960s.
Many scientists have criticized the telescope's name, citing allegations that Webb was involved in persecuting LGBTQ+ people during the 1950s and 60s.
In the middle of the 20th century, the US government dismissed many gay and lesbian employees due to the witch-hunt known as the Lavender Scare.
Since early 2021, researchers have called for Nasa to change the telescope's name (JWST). More than 1,700 people have signed a petition in support of the telescope (JWST)
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