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Comedian Tig Notaro Talks NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on Twitter

"Brother," Episode 201, Pictured: Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno of the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery."
"Brother," Episode 201, Pictured: Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno of the CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Discovery." (Image credit: Jan Thijs/CBS)

Worlds collided as comedian Tig Notaro and NASA teamed up on social media to talk about exciting new developments with the James Webb Space Telescope. 

Earlier this month, Notaro — a beloved stand-up comedian who recently added "'Star Trek' actor" to her resume — tweeted about Webb, which is currently set to launch in 2021. Notaro referred to her tweetstorm as the "'NASA Webb Crossover' by Tig Notaro."

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Notaro introduced her fans to Webb, giving them a glimpse inside NASA's facilities and explaining what the telescope is. "The brilliant minds over at @NASAWebb shared some amazing photos and videos of their #NASA mission with Tig, so here we go!" Notaro said on Twitter. "What is #NASAWebb? A giant space telescope that will see the first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang! And it's coated in real gold."

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Notaro continued to tweet mesmerizing imagery of Webb and share details about the telescope and its mission, inspiring her followers to learn more. "Why are @NASAWebb's mirrors coated in gold? They can reflect infrared light better that way, and to see those first galaxies, the telescope needs to be infrared," Notaro said in a later tweet

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The collaboration came about simply due to the comedian's appreciation of Webb and the work that NASA is doing, said Jeff Jetton, a strategist who works closely with Notaro. The basic idea was "just sort of getting the word out about what it is and who's involved," Jetton said.

So far, the Twitter teamup has garnered significant public praise. The positive response to the unlikely pairing could trace, in part, to Notaro's recent role on "Star Trek: Discovery." In the series' second season, Notaro appeared as Chief engineer Jett Reno. "Star Trek: Discovery" showrunner Alex Kurtzman wrote the part just for Notaro, and fans have praised her in the role.

Editor's Note: Tony Hawk did not join Tig Notaro at NASA.

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Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd joined Space.com as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music, singing, playing guitar and performing with her band Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.