Hubble Space Telescope Replacement Travels to New Home
The massive James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully deployed. The mirror, which has a diameter of 6.5 meters and a length of 6.5 meters, was one of the most challenging components of NASA's successful deployment in space.
The James Webb space telescope is designed to outperform the Hubble Space Telescope in terms of infrared resolution and sensitivity; the James Webb Space Telescope will detect objects that are up to 100 times fainter than those observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. In astronomy and cosmology, it will allow for a wide range of investigations into some of the Universe's oldest and most distant processes and objects, including the birth of the first stars and galaxies and thorough atmospheric characterization of potentially hazardous situations.
Currently, Webb is traveling to its new home, the L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million kilometers away. The James Webb Space Telescope, when fully operational, will be the most powerful telescope on the planet at any one time.