The James Webb space telescope

Country/area: Spain

Organisation: La Vanguardia

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 06/12/2021

Credit: Isabel Troytiño, Pablo González Pellicer y Mario Chaparro


Isabel Troytiño: Science journalist

Pablo González Pellicer: Visual journalist

Mario Chaparro: Visual journalist

Project description:

This report describes the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope and what will be its launch and deployment process until it can make the first observations, as well as the instruments it will use to make them.

Impact reached:

The piece was published on December 6 as a preview and was republished the same day it was released on December 24 with a great reception from the audience.

Techniques/technologies used:

It was started from a model available on the NASA website and the animation of the deployment sequences was carried out in 3D, combining a simple linear and a realistic render. All sequences will be edited in after effects and added in mp4 format in a scrolling on a google amp html page.

What was the hardest part of this project?

The most complex part was the animation of the protective layers of the telescope and at the content level the selection of the most relevant items for the reader.

What can others learn from this project?

This piece is one more example of how science uses more visual journalism as the most effective solution.

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