The deployment of the next-generation James Webb Space Telescope of NASA was delayed plenty of times. But now, things finally look as they’re heading in the desired way. The upper stage of Webb is off to the launch site. The telescope will be using its advanced instruments for observing exoplanets, stars, and galaxies both in near and mid-infrared spectrum.
The news regarding Webb’s advancement for the upcoming launch is brought by Universe Today. Astronomers will get the chance to use the gear for tackling some of nature’s biggest mysteries.
The James Webb Space Telescope launches in November
An Ariane 5 rocket will carry the James Webb Space Telescope into space after the launch from the facility of the ESA (European Space Agency) located in French Guayana. The upper stage of the Ariane 5 began making its way in the cargo container from the ArianeGroup facility (Bremen, Germany) to Neustadt port.
After over three decades of activity and uncovering many wonders about the Cosmos, the Hubble Space Telescope that’s operated by NASA and the ESA will finally be replaced in a few months. As you’ve already guessed, James Webb will take its place. With no disrespect intended for the good ol’ Hubble, but Webb is significantly more advanced.
One of the goals of the next-generation telescope is to help astronomers learn more about the formation of the “big stuff” that fills the Cosmos, such as stars, galaxies, and planets. Webb will study the first galaxies that illuminated the Universe and it shall closely analyze how stars are leading to the formation of planetary systems.
Will the James Webb Space Telescope also help humanity find any alien civilizations? We’ll never know a precise answer until it eventually happens. However, this implies that extraterrestrial intelligence truly is there, somewhere and not too far away.