James Webb is the newest next-generation space telescope of NASA. Not to mention, this telescope is big in a lot of ways. It has a big budget, huge mirrors, a vast timeline, and gigantic size.
That’s why it must be folded in parts of itself and open them back after it launches in space, hopefully by 2021.
NASA just tried out a critical section when it commanded the telescope to deploy the support system that grips the secondary mirror.
“This smaller rounded mirror serves a vital role in accumulating light from Webb’s 18 primary mirrors into a focused beam,” NASA said in a statement on Tuesday.
A video shows the procedure, and it’s mesmerizing to watch. The engineers in the video give a sense of the telescope’s massive size.
James Webb will be carrying the torch for NASA’s great space telescopes. We all know about the Hubble because it is the most famous, but it’s getting quite old.
The next-generation space telescope is significantly more powerful than Hubble and it is designed to study the distant solar systems and dig into the past of the universe.
The new telescope hasn’t had a smooth ride yet. It’s been bump into with multiple interruptions, cost overruns, and some literal loose screws.
NASA is now hoping to launch it in 2021 which was originally scheduled to be deployed last 2018.
We are so excited about this next-generation space telescope of NASA. We are looking forward to the discoveries it can achieve once it is already orbiting in space.
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