(WFXR) — “The images are amazing and it’s just the beginning,” said Gregory Robinson, program director for the James Webb Telescope.

Robinson started his journey in Pittsylvania County, right outside of Danville where he was born and raised. He attended Virginia Union University and Howard University for his undergrad and then Averett University for his master’s degree. After six years of being out in the workforce, Robinson started her career at NASA, where he worked on several projects and was asked to become the program director of the James Webb Telescope.

“I was in awe,” said Robinson.

Robinson just like many people were astonished by the images that were coming out of the James Webb Telescope. These images are the next level up from the Hubble Space Telescope.

“Certainly when Hubble was launched more than 30 years ago, it was the state of the art, there was nothing close to it and it’s been for a long time,” said Robinson. “You’ve heard a lot of Webb’s infrared technology. Infrared allows us to see clearer and deeper into space, see through smoke and clouds and gook.”

Robinson told WFXR News that the instrument technology is far more advanced than on Hubble. Infrared along with a18 segmented mirror, the Webb telescope allows scientists to see objects that are very faint, heat and light, and objects very far away.

“This is just the beginning. I think we’re going to learn a lot about the universe, about exo-planets, how galaxies are formed and we’re going to learn more about our own solar system,” said Robinson.

Robinson had a few words of inspiration for those who are thinking about a career at NASA, especially those in the Roanoke, Roanoke Valley, and Danville areas.

“I’m proud to be from that area and hopefully just seeing me in these roles will inspire many people,” said Robinson. “I believe if you prepare you can do anything.”