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James Webb Space Telescope zooms in on memes

Is this why the aliens aren't making contact?


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 12, 2022

On Tuesday, NASA released extraordinary, breathtaking images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, showing previously unknown galaxies and new and dying stars in staggering detail. It’s humbling and emotional. The scope of the universe is at once unfathomable and tangible.

Perhaps it was the weight of this discovery, but the images were quickly memed.

Some people copypasta’d NASA’s Monday-night teaser image or referenced album covers. And Space Jam.

There were regional memes.

Why won’t NASA talk about Gritty’s Nebula?!

As quickly as it was memed, conspiracy theorists began suggesting the images are fake or CGI.

Is this why the aliens aren’t coming? We’ll probably meme that, too.

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*First Published: Jul 12, 2022, 2:16 pm CDT