The Voyage of the Webb Space Telescope Discovery

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readJun 1, 2023

Science for science’s sake might change the world: As it has before.

An addition to our #UnfoldTheUniverse art social media campaign by Camilo Nascimento. Inspired by #Spacetober 2022, art prompt 3 “JWST. February 13, 2023. (Photo: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, Ora Buch)

The invention of the printing press is considered one of the most significant technological advancements in human history.

In one fell swoop, it revolutionized the way information was disseminated, leading to a dramatic increase in the spread of knowledge and, eventually, the democratization of education.

The printing press was first perfected by Johannes Gutenberg — a German goldsmith and entrepreneur — around the mid-15th century. Gutenberg’s invention built upon existing technologies and concepts, such as movable type and the use of presses, but he made several crucial innovations that set his printing press apart.

Gutenberg’s printing press changed the world, but it didn’t do so right away.

Determining the precise average literacy rate in the mid-15th century is challenging due to limited historical data and variations across different regions. However, it is estimated that in Europe, literacy rates ranged from around 5% to 30% among the general population during the time Gutenberg was tinkering with his press.

Today, the average global literacy rate for individuals aged 15 years and older is estimated to be around 86.3%. For most European countries, it is closer…