The most powerful space telescope of the world James Webb Space went into orbit on Saturday. After several delays, it headed for an outpost, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. The reasons for the delay lie in technical problems.
The James Webb Space Telescope, which is some three decades old and billions of dollars in the making, left Earth locked in its Ariane 5 rocket from the Kourou Space Center in French Guiana.
What an amazing day. It is truly Christmas, said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s chief of science missions. ESA and ACS built the telescope with the European and Canadian space agencies.
ESA chief Josef Aschbacher stated he was very happy to say that they had precisely put the spacecraft into orbit. That the Ariane 5 performed extremely well.
It was the key useful for placing the spacecraft in orbit. It helps save the telescope’s fuel to reach its final destination for best performance well afterward.
Mostly NASA on Webb expects it to take a month to reach its remote destination.
It is available to convey new clues which help the scientists understand more about the origins of the Universe and Earth-like planets beyond our solar system.
They named the Webb after the legendary Hubble, a former NASA director, and it follows in his footsteps. But it intends to show humans what the Universe looked like even closer to its birth nearly 14 billion years ago.
John Mather, the Webb project co-founder, described the unprecedented sensitivity of the telescope on social media.
He said JWST could see the heat signature at a distance from the Moon.
We require all that power to detect the first galaxies to exist and the first stars to form with the faint glow emitted billions of years ago.
They do not compare the telescope’s size and complexity with any other telescope.
The diameter of its mirror is 6.5 meters, and it is three times that of the Hubble mirror. They made it with 18 hexagonal sections. It is so large that they had to fold it to fit the rocket.
Laser-guided to maneuver, and NASA imposed strict isolation measures to limit any contact with the mirrors of the particle telescope as well as human breath.
Once the rockets have carried Webb for 120 kilometers, and to lighten the load, they use the fairing, that is, the protective nose of the ship.
Rocket builder Arianespace installed a custom decompression system to protect the delicate instrument from pressure changes at that stage.
Exceptional measures for an exceptional customer said a European Space Agency official in Kourou.
The ground crew needed to know if the first leg of the flight was successful approximately 27 minutes after launch.
Upon arrival at your station once, the challenge will be to fully unfold the mirror and sunscreen to the size of a tennis court.
The process of intimidatingly complex will take two weeks. It must be perfect for Webb to function for its proper functioning.
The distance between its orbit and the Hubble will be much farther than 600 kilometers above Earth since 1990.
Lagrange point 2 is the location of Webb’s orbit, and they chose it in part because it will keep the Earth, Sun, and Moon on the same side of your solar shield.