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I will take off

JWST's song

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JWST folded up in the Ariane 5.

At first I was delayed, I was on standby
Kept thinking I could never fly without repair missions
But then I spent so many years making sure it was ok
I grew strong, I learned how to be robust

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A telescope under an open dome. You can see stars outside. In front of the telescope, there is a desk with buttons, switches and lights.

In 1967, astronomers at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence in the south of France discovered potassium flashes while they were observing stars. But the laws of physics that were known at the time didn’t provide any explanation as to how a star could produce these flashes. Were there aliens trying to communicate with us?

Centaurus A

A galaxy with an active nucleus

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A galaxy with an active nucleus. There are jets above and below the plane of the galaxy.

I wrote this image caption in the context of an application to a science journalism internship.

Lucy in Space Engine

Pimping Space Engine to visualize a space mission


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Artists impression of the spacecraft Lucy. NASA/JPL.

For a video I have been preparing about my trip to Spain with NASA (you can read about it in French here (part 1) and here (part 2)), I wanted to show Jupiter’s trojan asteroids, the asteroid Polymele and the spacecraft Lucy. I asked And0uille for help setting everything up in Space Engine. Here is her explanation on how to add everything you need in Space Engine to illustrate the Lucy mission.

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PhD, astrophysicist. I play with keyboards and telescopes whenever I can.