This Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope tweet says:

I wonder if they will let me hang up my favorite superhero posters in the @NASAGoddard cleanroom? I cannot wait to join these fantastic telescopes! Is there an application that I need to fill out to join the team @NASAExoplanets?

and includes the first image below. I normally try to describe what images look like within posts; to me it looks like a one-giant-eye'd squid-bird with no tentacles.

A reply tweet by Yalın Özer @zxqwy who claims to be "mostly harmless" shows without any text a roughly similarly-shaped green creature with (probably) two eyes and scale-like plates.

Question: What are these two superhero(?) images that potentially look like the James Webb Space Telescope?

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https://twitter.com/NASARoman/status/1502307739330088963 https://twitter.com/zxqwy/status/1502378657716838409


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The one on the left (posted from the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope official twitter account) appears to be a 'superheroified' version of their telescope.

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NASA Goddard's reply that they're "already a superhero in our book" would seem to confirm this, as would this latest image from the same account

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The one on the right, posted in reply by Yalın Özer isn't a superhero, it's a Pokémon called Metapod that he presumably thought looked similar.

  • Similar? The outline is uncanny. I honestly think that the webb superhero image might be an altered frame of the pokemon manga that shows metapod in that pose or something. The light rays in the background look like the classic "who's that pokemon" background from the anime.
    – Harabeck
    Mar 17 at 14:49

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