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JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS UNBOXED

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE IS UNBOXED

Context:

Engineers in French Guiana have unboxed the James Webb Space Telescope and will now prepare it for launch.

Key Points:

  • The observatory arrived on 12th Oct at the Guiana Space Center after a 16-day journey by boat from Southern California, where Northrop Grumman assembled and tested Webb.
  • It is a $10 billion mission.
  • It has been more than 2 decades in the making.
  • It is scheduled for launch on December 18, 2021, on a European Ariane 5 rocket.

About JSWT:

  • It is a joint venture between the US (NASA), European (ESA) and Canadian space agencies (CSA). It is one of the grand scientific projects of the 21st Century.
  • Northrop Grumman Ball Aerospace & Technologies is the manufacturer of JWST.
  • It is an orbiting infrared observatory that will extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity.
  • It will be a large infrared telescope with around a 6.5-meter primary mirror.
  • It will provide improved infrared resolution and sensitivity over Hubble and will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology.

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