Sunday, April 4, 2021

NASA's $10 Billion Time Machine - James Webb Space Telescope

Take a look at the James Webb Space Telescope. It will peer back in time billions of years to unlock some of the greatest secrets in the universe. Telescope scientists Heidi Hammel and Matt Mountain share their insights into the coolest space telescope ever.

So long as the weather, temperature, and other certain conditions cooperate, the nominal launch date for James Webb is October 31, 2021. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope looks good in its full configuration.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or "Webb") is a joint NASA-ESA-CSA space telescope that is planned to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope as NASA's flagship astrophysics mission. The JWST will provide improved infrared resolution and sensitivity over Hubble, and will enable a broad range of interesting investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology, including observing some of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the certain first galaxies.

The JWST is being developed by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

Development first began in 1996 for a launch that was initially planned for 2007 and a 500-million-dollar budget.

However, the project has had numerous delays and cost overruns. The project underwent a major redesign in 2005. The cost of developing the telescope is actually something over $10 billion.

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