The launch of the James Webb Telescope, the world’s most expensive telescope is expected on 18 December, declared NASA. The launching was earlier decided to conduct on 31 October 2021 but it was extended due to coronavirus restriction at the NASA worksite.
The $10 billion which is roughly about Rs. 73,700 crores is a joint project by NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency. It will blast off on an Ariane 5 rocket from Spaceport in French Guiana. Originally conceived in 1996, it was originally intended to launch in 2007. This expensive telescope can be used to place one million miles (15 million kilometers) away from the earth.
The highly complex space telescope is currently resting in its final stow configuration at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in Redondo Beach, California. The Webb telescope’s revolutionary technology will explore every phase of cosmic history, from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Webb will reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help humankind understand the origins of the universe and our place in it. The current premier space telescope, Hubble, only has limited infrared capacity. Astronomers also hope the James Webb Space Telescope will supercharge the discovery of alien worlds.
JWST will do things no previous telescope has been able to do. With its stunning, gold-plated, 6.5m-wide primary mirror, it will see deeper into the cosmos than ever before. Astronomers hope that it will detect some of the very first stars and galaxies to shine – distant objects whose light has taken more than 13 billion years to reach us.