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Meet the new Hubble – James Webb Space Telescope2 min read

October 5, 2020 2 min read


Meet the new Hubble – James Webb Space Telescope2 min read

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For many years, the Hubble Space Telescope has been an important tool to study space, but a newer, better one is in the making. The James Webb Space Telescope, set to be it’s successor, will launch in less than a year. Such a high honor doesn’t come easy. Let’s discuss its journey. 

James E. Webb, the second appointed administrator of NASA. Photo: Smithsonian

The telescope is named after NASA leader James E. Webb, who served in the US government and military in the early stages of his career. His most prominent role was as the second appointed administrator of NASA (1961-1968). The current NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, is the thirteenth to serve on the job. 

Northrop Grumman, the company who made it, is building it on the West Coast of California. The James Webb Space Telescope features a large mirror, and also an instrument that is capable of detecting even the faintest signals. NASA will immediately incorporate this instrument into its fleet.

The James Webb telescope is truly a marvel. It has the capacity to reflect infrared light and also catch it and uncover many truths. One of them, scientists are hoping, is the Big Bang, the explosion that started the universe. For all that astronomers know, the truths of the Big Bang are like the truths of the deep sea. Very little is known about both of them But the James Webb Space Telescope should give us new insights into the start of our universe. 

The Hubble sits 570 km away from Earth, and that may seem far away, the James Webb Telescope will dwarf that distance. It will sit over 1.5 million km away from Earth! 

Even though the James Webb Space Telescope has yet to launch, let’s hope it meets our out-of-this-world expectations!

Author: Rishi Jain

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(All Things Science is a weekly column that features stories around science and astronomy)