Space Telescope Equity : Short Wave The James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors are almost in place and soon it'll be a million miles away from Earth, ready to provide clues to the history of the universe. Naturally, many scientists have research they'd like to do that involve the telescope. Today on the show, Emily talks with correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about who gets time on it, and how decision-makers are working to stay focused on the proposed science instead of who will be doing it, in the hopes of making the process fair for all proposals.

For more of Nell's reporting, check out, Who gets to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope? Astronomers work to fight bias. (https://n.pr/3tH2vwJ)

You can email Short Wave at ShortWave@NPR.Org.

Fighting Bias In Space: When There's A New Telescope, Who Gets To Use It?

Fighting Bias In Space: When There's A New Telescope, Who Gets To Use It?

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A woman stands near a model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
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The James Webb Space Telescope's mirrors are almost in place and soon it'll be a million miles away from Earth, ready to provide clues to the history of the universe. Naturally, many scientists have research they'd like to do that involve the telescope. Today on the show, Emily talks with correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about who gets time on it, and how decision-makers are working to stay focused on the proposed science instead of who will be doing it, in the hopes of making the process fair for all proposals.

For more of Nell's reporting, check out, Who gets to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope? Astronomers work to fight bias. (https://n.pr/3tH2vwJ)

You can email Short Wave at ShortWave@NPR.Org.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Katherine Sypher. The audio engineer for this episode was Stu Rushfield.