Aerospace Professor Goes In-Depth on NASA Images with the Courant

July 18, 2022
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The White House recently revealed astounding galaxy images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, which gave Professor Paul Slaboch an opportunity to share his expertise in all things aerospace and NASA.

Slaboch was interviewed by the Hartford Courant on this revolutionary telescope
, recognized as the only one of its kind, and the highest caliber for astronomy instruments. 

Slaboch is an associate professor, director of the University of Hartford’s Aerospace Engineering Program, and chair for the Mechanical Aerospace and Acoustical Engineering Department (MAAE), with the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). His award-winning research is primarily funded by NASA and the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium, demonstrating his extensive professional aerospace background. 

The article, “A University of Hartford prof on images from NASA’s new telescope and what it means for us,” written by Courant reporter Ed Stannard, highlighted Slaboch’s in-depth analysis of the image revealing. 

The five extraordinary photographs portrayed intricate detailing of stars, nebulas, and galaxies. Various colors are seen powerfully blasting through space. Even more fascinating, Slaboch described that the telescope images only showcased a tiny fraction of the sky.

“These objects, these stars, galaxies are more than 13 billion light-years away, meaning we are seeing them when that light left that star 13 billion years ago. It has taken that long for the light to travel that far. And a light year is about 6 trillion miles, trillion with a T,” he told the Courant.

The advancements in telescope viewing capability have continued to surpass the expectations of astronomers, with the James Webb Space Telescope proving that no goal is too out-of-this-world. Previously, researchers relied on NASA’s other telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, for detailed webspace photography and optics. The Hubble’s images were released back in 1990, and while the images were incredible for that time, the Webb offers a more efficient way to capture finite space characteristics. Now, astronomers can explore so much more of the universe.

Exploring is exactly what Slaboch emphasizes while spearheading UHart’s Aerospace Engineering Program. Whether it is finding new ways to optimize equipment or reinvent research methods, his work at the University empowers students as they experience the joy of discovery.