An expert from the book HST and Beyond: Exploration and the Search for Origins: A Vision for Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared Space Astronomy.
People have long looked to the sky for answers about our origin. NASA along with it's collaborators (European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency) are looking to explain how our Universe came to be as we know it today. The best way to see back to the early time of the Universe is to observe in the infrared wavelength of light.
Observing outer space as far back as the early light of the Universe, and everything in between, provides people with more than just scientific facts. It places humanity within the larger context of the Universe. And people are a curious crowd.