James Webb Telescope

James Webb Telescope

By Kainoa

We have been looking up at the space for centuries, wondering what is this place and how did all of this become what it is. Many great astronomers like Galileo, tried to explain this. Now today we believe space was created by The Big Bang even though we have never seen it or received any evidence, but what if I told you we could actually see the Big Bang and watch it happen. If you were an astronomer, this would be beyond amazing. With the latest technology, a new orbital telescope will arise, The James Webb telescope. According to a NASA writer in https://jwst.nasa.gov/about.html, “Every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.” This telescope will allow us to more learn things more efficiently and easily pinpoint locations for human exploration, so not as many missions will have to be done. The James Webb telescope could revolutionize space exploration.

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. It was supposed to use visible light to see the universe. This showed us many things in our nearby solar system and beyond, but it had to be repaired many times. Also, it cost  loads of money and missed a lot of amazing things because they reflected infrared light. According to Hubble FAQ: Inside the Last Space Telescope Repair Mission, the last Hubble repair mission cost 1.1 billion dollars. With the James Webb telescope this won’t have to happen. The Webb will be coated with Kapton, silicon, and vaporized aluminum. This will allow the telescope to float in the harsh environments of space, unharmed, reducing and possibly eliminating high repair cost. Inside of the protected craft, amazing instruments will make the magic happen. Mercury-cadmium-telluride infrared detectors will be able to see infrared light, something the Hubble couldn’t do. To study space we use astronomy, and with the ability to see red light, astronomers will be able to discover more things than ever. For example, it could allow us to study and witness the Big Bang. The Big Bang created the universe as far as we know it, so we could figure out everything. We could see how solar systems form, see stars forming, and we could find life. Finding life could start a new era of space exploration.

This telescope will launch in October 2018. A wikipedia writer in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Webb_Space_Telescope says the James Webb telescope will  “…offer unprecedented resolution.” The telescope will revolutionize space exploration and create more opportunities for the future.




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