The Hubble successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is an advanced instrument that will increase our vision.
The Hubble Telescope will be put away and another new one will be constructed. The James Webb Space Telescope will be completed by 2018. Its mirror surface is being refurbished currently.
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Spearheaded by NASA, the project will make progress by leaps and bounds within the next few months. The main features of the new telescope, which have been in the process of being designed and manufactured for years, will get incorporated into the final test flight.
There might be a few snags along the way, so NASA is prepared for any emergencies. The 2018 liftoff is from European soil atop an Ariane rocket. NASA’s staff has high hopes for this new telescope which will be launched into outer space. There is still eight months of reserve time left.
Things have gone pretty smoothly so far and they are expected to flow in the same path of progress in the future. The telescope is basically a joint venture between NASA and the European and Canadian space agencies.
The telescope will increase our knowledge about the very first stars in the universe. This is indeed valuable information. A 6.5 meter wide mirror will get employed in the new telescope.
This will lend it seven times the penetrating power of the Hubble Telescope. There will be instruments in it that also detect infrared rays. The traces of objects in the universe that glowed more than 13.5 billion years ago will be among the things that will get viewed from the new telescope.
The beryllium parts of the mirror will get assembled into their structures too. Over 18 hexagonal components will get lowered into their slots.
Many parts of the telescope are being prepared in the most careful manner. The three national teams of technicians that are working on the telescope are doing the best job.
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Already artificial stars are being seen on earth through the telescope in order to simulate the sights that will get viewed in outer space. It is a complex job assembling the various pieces of the telescope. The telescope will go through a great many tests. And 2018 is not that far off either.