- World’s most powerful telescope fully deployed in space
- NASA told – all panels of James Webb Telescope were opened
- James Webb to replace Hubble Telescope, scientists’ eyes will be made in space
US space agency NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has been fully deployed in space. This telescope was launched on 25 December with the help of Ariane-5 ECA rocket from Kourou Launch Station in French Guiana. The final mirror panel of the James Webb Telescope fully opened on Saturday. After which the most powerful telescope ever will start working soon.
NASA told – all its wings were opened
NASA tweeted that the last wing of this telescope has been deployed. The team of engineers is engaged in completing the process which lasted for several hours to get this wing in its right place. Since the telescope was large enough to fit inside its launching rocket, it has been folded and carried into space.
This mission is one of the most difficult projects of NASA.
According to NASA, opening this telescope has been a complex and challenging task. This is one of our toughest projects so far. This telescope will replace Hubble, which has been NASA’s eye in space till now. This telescope has been installed in space at an altitude of about 1.5 million km. Solar debris and meteorites are considered a major threat to this telescope.
Telescope made by three agencies
It is jointly made by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. NASA’s new telescope has a golden mirror, whose width is about 21.32 feet. This mirror is made by joining 18 hexagon pieces made of beryllium. Each piece is plated with 48.2 grams of gold, so that it acts as a reflector.
Telescope was launched on 24 April
This telescope is quite different from the old Hubble. Unlike Hubble, when a fault occurs, it can be repaired from the earth itself. It was deployed a day after NASA launched the mighty Hubble telescope into space on April 24, 1990. After being there for about a month, Hubble opened its eyes for the first time on May 20, 1990 and sent a picture of a part of the sky from space.
James Webb Space Telescope