Another step has been taken in the design of the James Webb telescope

You may have heard of the Hubble telescope in science class, right? Now it is his turn's successor. The James Webb Space Telescope is one of NASA's most ambitious designs, designed to have technical specifications that are even more powerful than those in its predecessors. Webb's mirrors, for example, are seven times larger than Hubble's, which ensures a much larger image capture area.

James Webb has a very important mission to complete in space. Next year, when it is launched, it will be considered the most powerful telescope ever built and is expected to continue exploration from where Hubble and Spitzer, their predecessors, stopped to help scientists learn more about the mysteries of the universe. .


Now the equipment is finally undergoing the latest tests before being sent into space. In practice, this means that James Webb was introduced into a giant chamber with pure vacuum - yes, with the intention of simulating what would happen to its components when they were in space. It is good to get a coat, because the heat passed well away from the experiment: the temperature there was about minus 180 ° C.

Needless to say, a human would not survive at all at such a temperature, but it turned out that James Webb did very well - and, to top it off, even took a picture from inside the camera. In addition to recording the momentum, the captured image showed scientists how the equipment's components reacted at such low temperatures to make sure everything went well in space.


This is not the first time NASA has used cameras to test its telescopes; even the famous Apollo aircraft - and, believe me, the crew members too - have already landed inside these locations; however, to work with Webbs, the camera has undergone some modifications. Still, Bill Ochs, the Webbs project manager, said the success of this test is already a milestone in the history of the telescope, confirming that NASA and its partner companies have outstanding equipment and a beautiful set of science instruments. .

But calm down, there are still ways to go. When this step is completed, the Webbs telescope will pass some more acoustics tests. After that, the last step is to send it to French Guiana, where the launch will take place.

Another step has been taken in the James Webb telescope project via TecMundo