James Webb telescope ready to launch

05/11/2021

Breaking news! The James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched into space, is preparing for its December flight! ESA has announced that the telescope will go to the Ariane 5 launch rocket, and then take off on December 8. He arrived on October 12, 2021, in Pariacabo, French Guiana, which belongs to ESA (European Space Agency). The design of this telescope is being developed by ESA, in partnership with NASA and the CSA (Canadian Space Agency). 

The telescope has cost billions of dollars so far, a huge amount that NASA didn't think it would spend on it, but hopefully, it was worth it. The James Webb telescope will be better than Hubble, it will be able to see more distant things, it will experience dark matter, and much more. The telescope is 10 tons, 10.5 m high and almost 4.5 m wide. However, when placed in a 30 m container, according to ESA, it weighs approx. 70 tons, including auxiliary materials. 

So, the auxiliary materials weigh 6 times as much as the telescope. This project includes over 100 specialists and also hundreds of people who have worked on it for many years. This telescope was worked on for 14 years, costing a total of $ 8.8 billion, while Hubble cost about $ 1 billion in total. It had 18 hexagonal mirrors. The telescope will be launched by Ariane 5, which belongs to Arianespace, on December 8, 2021. The telescope will be able to see light hundreds of years from us, most likely, at least it will see many systems over 60-70 years of light from us. 

We wish success to NASA, ESA, and CSA on this project, as well as to all those who contributed to its realization to be able to launch it successfully. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 05 November 2021, at 11:52 am Los Angeles time

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