Largest space telescope JWST closer to launch

Largest space telescope JWST closer to launch

After undergoing a series of rigorous space-readiness tests, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is finally a few steps closer to its long-anticipated launch.

On Thursday, NASA officials allowed members of the public to have a look at the preparations being made to launch the world’s largest space telescope. Its launch is scheduled to take place French Guiana in Oct. 2018.

The JWST is an infrared telescope, equipped with a suite of light detectors, cameras, and spectrometers for studying chemical compositions. It will capture emissions from cooler objects, like molecular clouds containing organic molecules, and the atmospheres of remote exoplanets.

Thus, scientists are hopeful that the JWST could help them find signs of some sort of alien life on some of the many exoplanets that have been discovered in the recent past.

Successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the JWST is an international teamwork between American space agency NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency.

In its 27-year career, the Hubble Space telescope has made several scientific achievements, including probing the so-called “dark matter” in space, detection of super-massive blackholes, and providing a glimpse into some of the most far-flung objects in the space.


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