An unprecedented peek into the history of the universe, the Webb Space Telescope empowers and aspires the next age of humanity.
Humans could have an opportunity to create a better world for everyone. Viewing Webb’s stunning photos, one can’t help but feel drawn to the vast expanse where there are no arbitrary, artificial borders or boundaries limiting one’s potential. The cosmos feels simultaneously expansive yet interconnected – a blank slate where humans could rewrite the rules and design a new system, where one is not a citizen of a country but a citizen of the universe.
It’s not just the cosmos that comes into focus as we witness the birth of stars, distant galaxies and potentially habitable planets, but also human nature. We’re hard-wired to explore and discover, but how will we shape the next age of humankind? How will we evolve and adapt? And in our interconnected universe, how could ripples today impact tomorrow?
Our upcoming Annual Summit, “Human Metamorphosis”, taking place in Ras Al Khaimah in November 2022, will further explore these questions, as we bring together influential global citizens to discuss positive, sustainable change during an era of rapid transformation.
But what is it about the most powerful telescope ever launched into orbit that has ignited a new wave of existentiality?
A dying star surrounded by a tidal wave of ochre gas. The surreal cosmic landscapes of Jupiter. Crystal-clear images of the oldest galaxy. These are just a few of the most incredible visuals released this month from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The US$10 billion observatory can capture starlight from over 13 billion years ago – just after the Big Bang occurred and roughly 8 billion years before the Earth formed.
NASA spearheaded and operated the impressive international achievement, leaning on global collaborations to bring it to life. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) played a part, as did thousands of people and hundreds of companies, agencies, and universities in North America and Europe.
All told, experts representing more than a dozen countries helped to research and develop the observatory before NASA launched it into outer space. It’s an inspiring example of what humans can achieve when we work together to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Then learn, adapt, and push further still.
Thanks to this revolutionary new tool, astronomers can better study the origins of the universe and the very fabric of space and time. And it’s only the beginning.
Since reaching its point of orbit – a miraculous feat in itself – the engineering marvel has produced an array of arresting visuals that could answer many questions about how solar systems form, the lifecycle of stars, and whether other planets could sustain life.
But Webb’s value goes well beyond its scientific impact. We’ve never been able to see so far, or so clearly, into the deepest points of the universe before, and peering into the past has provided much-needed perspective.
It reminds us just how interconnected the world is – like the Butterfly Effect, every decision we make, no matter how small, has the power to influence life today, tomorrow and 1 billion years from now.
And the farther we can see, the farther we can go. The mighty telescope’s cosmic images have instilled hope for further exploration, adaptation and transformation. As we strive for sustainable, positive change on Earth, space remains the next frontier for human exploration.
Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, who runs Blue Origin space company, and Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, have voiced plans to develop different types of space colonies. Though not without flaws, these visionary projects showcase our innate human instinct to move, adapt and shape the future.