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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The James Webb Space Telescope is already starting to peer further back in time than we’ve ever seen, giving us breathtaking views of the universe…and at a higher quality than ever before.

And as is the case for many space projects, there’s a Huntsville connection. Scientists and students at the University of Alabama in Huntsville helped make the project happen.

Of course, putting mirrors on a telescope that can’t be serviced in space (unlike its predecessor, Hubble) involves a lot. Dr. Pat Reardon, Director of the UAH Center for Applied Optics said it took a village and new technology to make the mission happen.

You can watch our full interview with Dr. Reardon above.