Name of James Webb Space Telescope not yet a closed case, NASA officials say

NASA is not done evaluating the career of telescope namesake James Webb, officials said after controversy surrounding the flagship observatory’s name has continued since last summer.

James Webb was the second administrator of NASA. From 1961 to 1968, he oversaw the Apollo program that landed humans on the moon and advocated for NASA’s science agenda. That was the motivation cited in 2002, when then-administrator Sean O’Keefe decided to name what was being called the Next Generation Space Telescope in Webb’s honor.

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