Even before the telescope's completion and launch, the process of developing its sensors and other technology is already having an impact in fields such as laser eye surgery and manufacturing.
Check out these new SPIE Newsroom videos to hear first-hand from NASA scientists Joe Howard and Lee Feinberg about JWST and how work on the telescope will, as Feinberg says, continue to “serve humanity for a long time.”
First, Joe Howard: "JWST blazes new trails in optical design."
And next, Lee Feinberg: "JWST technologies already bearing fruit."
How many innovations do you use every day that began as space technologies?