NASA Scientist Shaves ‘James Webb Beard’ After Successful Deployment

It looks good!

Baby face!

One of NASA’s top scientists finally shaved off his “James Webb beard” yesterday to celebrate the successful deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator for the Directorate of Scientific Missions, showed his freshly shaved face on Twitter, posting the photo wearing a NASA cap.

Yeah – the @NASAWebb is fully deployed, ”said Zurbuchen. “Thank you to the whole team for their hard work, dedication and sacrifices. #UnfoldTheUniverse Finally, I shaved my #JWSTbeard. I was looking forward to this!

In a pre-shave stroke, he shared in a response, also shown above, Zurbuchen sported brown stubble in a previous interview.

Cooling pill

The launch of JWST has been stressful enough for the scientists involved and those watching from afar. A physics professor told The New York Times he would be terrified the entire time he watched the launch, fearing something might go wrong. This makes perfect sense, given that the Webb is the largest, most powerful, and most complex space telescope ever built and has experienced frustrating long delays.

Earlier this month, Zurbuchen tweeted about the stressful project and mentioned his adult facial hair.

I know everyone trusts this historic (and somewhat unnerving) unfolding of@NASAWebb in their own way, ”he said. “Me? – I grew a ‘JWST beard.’ I’ll be happy and excited to shave it off when the observatory is fully deployed… # UnfoldThe Universe “

Will Zurbuchen turn to a handlebar mustache for his next project? What about Elvis’s side burns? We don’t know what the future holds for her personal grooming, but for now, Team Webb deserves a good night’s sleep and a pat on the back.

Learn more about James Webb: The orbit of the James Webb space telescope will be completely disrupted

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