James Webb Space Telescope: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on Saturday completed a two-week-long deployment phase of its 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror panel as it gets ready to study cosmic history.

“The James Webb Space Telescope is an unprecedented mission that is on the precipice of seeing the light from the first galaxies and discovering the mysteries of our universe,” the NASA website quoted Administrator Bill Nelson as saying.

“Each feat already achieved and future accomplishment is a testament to the thousands of innovators who poured their life’s passion into this mission.”

Mirror, mirror…is deployed. @NASAWebb has taken on its final form. For the next ~6 months, the space telescope will cool down, calibrate its instruments, and prepare to #UnfoldTheUniverse.

What cosmic mysteries will it unveil? Stay tuned: https://t.co/cnYZzdHUlt pic.twitter.com/ykhfJeJpk5

— NASA (@NASA) January 8, 2022

The telescope was transported into space folded up as it was too large to fit into the rocket’s nose cone in its operational configuration. The unfurling process has been a complicated and challenging process and, according to NASA, the most daunting such project ever attempted.

A joint effort with the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency, the Webb mission will “explore …read more

Source:: The Financial Express – Science

      

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