The James Webb Telescope has been launched into space. It will give us greater knowledge about the universe, and perhaps whether there is life elsewhere.
The launch took place with an Ariane rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana.
The rocket and the space telescope have separated, and the latter now continues its journey to Lagrangepunkt number two, approximately 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
The new space telescope can look further back in time and should be able to revolutionize our knowledge of the universe. A large and advanced mirror will capture the light from the first stars and galaxies formed after the Big Bang.
It is one of the most advanced instruments ever and will pick up the wire after the Hubble Telescope – which was launched just over 30 years ago. Work on the James Webb telescope has been going on for just as long.
100 times more powerful
– It will give us a better understanding of our universe, and our place in it. Who we are, what we are, the eternal questions, NASA’s Bill Nelson said earlier this week.
So now the new telescope is out in space, and according to the plan will be able to give us the “news” much faster than the Hubble telescope. More than a thousand people from 17 different countries have contributed to this happening.
After the telescope disconnected from the rocket, it has achieved a “cruise speed” of over 47,000 kilometers per hour. The price tag is ten billion dollars, just over 88 billion Norwegian kroner.
See more photos of the telescope in space in the gallery below:
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– The launch of James Webb has been 14 years delayed and the project has become 28 times more expensive than the original price, says Pål Brekke at the Norwegian Space Center.
The telescope is also 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Telescope, and is named after one of the architects behind it. The Apollo moon landing i 1969.
Read more about the technology behind the James Webb Telescope her.
And on NASA websites you can follow the whole journey to the telescope, until it reaches the end of the journey, where it will orbit Lagrange point 2. Here the force of gravity between the earth and the sun is equal, so the telescope is not pulled towards either the earth or the sun.
See more photos of the launch and the telescope in the gallery below:
1 out of 5Photo: JM Guillon / AP