After 12 years of delays and cost overruns, the $ 9.7 billion successor to the Hubble Space Telescope – the James Webb Space Telescope – is finally assembled.
The two halves of the next generation Space Telescope were assembled for the first time by NASA engineers, which took many years and countless hours of planning.
"This is an exciting time when all Webb parts were brought together for the first time in a single observatory," said Gregory Robinson, Webb program director at NASA.
"The engineering team has taken a big step forward and soon we will be able to see incredible new views of our amazing universe."
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The telescope will explore the cosmos with infrared light, from planets and moons in our solar system, "says NASA's press release, which will be able to capture very precise images of the deep Universe, which so far has only been The Hubble Space Telescope was put into orbit in 1
The James Webb Space Telescope is not a replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope, but an upgrade during Hubble Optical and Ultraviolet Capturing wavelengths, James Webb will capture the universe in the infrared and will also be able to look deeper into the universe.
While Hubble's 7-foot-wide mirror is limited in the amount of trappable light, James Webb Space Telescope over a 21-foot-wide mirror that can see seven times as far.
According to NASA, the telescope was connected only "mechanically". Engineers working for the space agency still need to connect the wires and connections in the telescope to make it fully functional.
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The next step for engineers at NASA is to put together the five-layer sun of the James Webb Space Telescope Shield. The sunscreen is an integral part of the telescope as it protects the telescope's mirrors and scientific instruments from the sun's infrared light.
James Webb is the size of a tennis court and works only when it unfolds in space, without tearing or falling apart – a feat he has not yet accomplished.
"The more we learn about our universe, the more we realize that Webb is critical to answering questions we could not even ask when the spaceship was first designed," said Thomas Zurbuchen. Deputy Administrator of the NASA Department of Science Mission Directorate, in a statement last month.