First, a reminder: You have only a day or two left to read my OPN feature article (and cover story for the November 2011 issue), “Optical Innovations in the James Webb Space Telescope.” Soon, it will vanish into the OSA-members-only archives of the magazine.
Second, an important update: Since the article was published, the JWST has gotten the full funding that it needs. Huzzah! I predict that, once it’s in orbit and collecting data, the discoveries made from JWST data will be so dazzling and mind-blowing that people will forget that its funding was ever in doubt. (After all, when was the last time you heard “Hubble” rhymed with “trouble”?)