Three Indian Scientists Who Helped NASA In Obtaining the Universe’s “Deepest Images” – James Webb Space Telescope

Mad4India By Chaithra B S | 2 min read

NASA Indian Scientists Deepest Images

The James Webb Space Telescope, the largest space telescope ever created, has released its first image of the universe. Did you know that three Indian scientists contributed to the creation of this significant photograph? 

James Webb Space Telescope Of NASA – Deepest Images Of Universe

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has unveiled the universe’s clearest image, which dates back several billion years. The James Webb Space Telescope of NASA took the image. Parts of the universe as they were 13 billion years ago are depicted in the images. 

The telescope “generated the deepest and cleanest infrared image of the distant universe too far,” according to a NASA press statement.

NASA Indian Scientists Deepest Images
Image: NASA

Although the JWST may have allowed us to travel back in time to 4.6 billion years ago, a lot of effort was required to make the telescope successful. 

President Biden in the NASA press release said, “These images are going to remind the world that America can do big things, and remind the American people – especially our children – that there’s nothing beyond our capacity. We can see possibilities no one has ever seen before. We can go places no one has ever gone before.”

Here Are Three Indian Scientists Who Were A Part Of The NASA Team Responsible For Obtaining The Universe’s “Deepest Images” 

Kartik Sheth

Image: NASA

Kartik Sheth is one of the Indian scientists at the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s astrophysics branch. He has also contributed to the Hubble fellowship program, Spitzer, Origins, SOFIA, and the James Webb Space Telescope. 

As per NASA, “for the past seven years, he has served as a program scientist in both the Astrophysics and Earth Science Divisions, supervising space missions, research and development initiatives in cutting-edge technology, and working towards some of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.” 

At the University of Maryland, he earned his MS and PhD in astrophysics. Before entering NASA, he was employed by Caltech. At the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, he held a tenured position as an astronomer.

He was honored with NASA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award in 2022 for his work as the organization’s anti-racism action group’s leader.

Kalyani Sukhatme

Image: NASA

The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), one of the sensors on the telescope, was managed by Kalyani Sukhatme. 

The Mid-Infrared Instrument, or MIRI, one of the four science instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope, was managed by Kalyani Sukhatme, as per the website. 

She currently works for NASA at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

She completed her Bachelor of Technology (BTech) at IIT Bombay after growing up in Mumbai. After that, she completed her doctorate and master’s degrees in physics at the University of California. In 1998, she started working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a postdoctoral fellow. 

She received the 2012 James Webb Space Telescope Award for Significant Achievement from the European Space Agency.

Dr Hashima Hasan

Image: NASA

Lucknow born Dr. Hashima Hasan deputy project scientist of The James Webb Space Telescope.  

According to the James Webb Space Telescope website, she oversees and manages the telescope’s science program in her capacity as deputy program scientist. She makes sure that the mission is still feasible and true to NASA’s strategic goals. When she was five years old, she developed a love for space. 

She is one of the Indian scientists who discussed her interest in space in a video released by NASA. Also read about Jahnavi Dangeti who becomes the first Indian to complete the NASA program.

She attended the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research after completing her undergraduate studies at Aligarh Muslim University. She had a job at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center as well (BARC). She earned a doctorate in theoretical nuclear physics from Oxford University.

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