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Total success! James Webb Space Observatory is in orbit

Ramiro Guzman
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Total success! James Webb Space Observatory is in orbit – News – WebMediums
Total success for the new NASA project.

The James Webb telescope or also known by different means as "The new eye of the universe" has been successfully launched.

On December 25, in full celebration of Christmas, he took off in an Ariane 5 rocket specifically adapted for the date. At that time, it was the European spaceport in French Guiana that spearheaded the procedure.

All the details of the James Webb telescope, uncovered

It is an observatory or space telescope produced and developed by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

It is known for its long assembly process due to its characteristics and dimensions, the most powerful to date. In short, it is the most ambitious project of the agency, being a great step for technology and human engineering.

In general terms, it far exceeds the Hubble Space Telescope, being equipped with a mirror with a maximum extension of 6.5 meters.

Thanks to this quality, the James Webb will be able to capture a greater percentage of light when it is used.

The amount of luminosity collected will be proportional to the level of data it will provide about the observable universe.

The 18 hexagonal segments that make up the aforementioned mirror offer a prolonged surface compared to Hubble. The latter, barely manages to reach a maximum of 2.4 meters, so the magnitude of what the James Webb telescope represents is understandable.

On the other hand, it will be able to visualize other types of spectra in a lower-level frequency range. Although it sounds contradictory, it is a feature that encourages better visibility, especially of older and more distant objects.

The mission of NASA's powerful new telescope

Following the successful launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, it is expected to begin operations and work immediately.

In essence, its main mission will be to replace and improve the performance carried out by Hubble.

With more than 31 years running after its launch in 1990, it was decommissioned to make way for the new NASA project.

Total success! James Webb Space Observatory is in orbit – News – WebMediums
Design and structure of the James Webb space observatory.

At the same time, showing off your powerful infrared detector and low-frequency spectrum will increase your success. Its design will serve to reveal exoplanets, galaxies and elements resulting from the Big Bang. In other words, it will go beyond the limits and barriers that Hubble was once subjected to.

In the same way, you will participate in the greatest mystery in history: how did the universe form as it is? Among other questions derived.

Through its characteristics and properties, it will track signals, residues or weak components that provide clues or key answers.

At the same time, you will witness the greatness of the Solar System, unzipping secrets about it.

How long will your stay in the cosmos last?

The mission will take place or is planned for a period of 10 years, currently living on the first day of that time. When its useful life ends, its modus operandi will progressively lower the level of action until a next rescheduling or a new plan.

In this period, NASA hopes to obtain important answers about the Solar System, the history of the Big Bang and the universe itself. Basically, the James Webb telescope is called to mark an epoch in favor of human knowledge.

Curiosities about the launch of the James Webb telescope

Every great historical feat for humanity carries behind it a background that very few knows. In this case, as can be seen, it was no exception, with a series of curious events taking place prior to the launch:

1. Its production and development began in 1996, decades ago before its launch. However, logistics problems related to its size made it impossible to complete it quickly.

2. The first forecasts predicted a takeoff for the year 2007, but technical factors delayed the date. Damage to the structure, cost overruns, poor launch rocket, among other events, stopped the process.

3. Throughout its manufacture, it underwent different remodeling and particular adjustments subject to the concern of scientists. Just for the year 2016 its construction was successfully completed, giving way to the longest test phase until its take-off.

4. The Ariane 5 rocket was modified to support the dimensions of the telescope. Structurally, it was considered up to 3 times larger than Hubble itself by comparison.

5. Finally, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was synonymous with more personnel, technical and communication problems. Recently, when the wave of infections subsided, it was possible to finalize a project with years of preparation and ups and downs.

December 25, 2021 — James Webb Observatory Official Launch

The liftoff of the Ariane 5 attached to NASA's newest official observatory ended years of speculation about the mission's success.

It was carried out without significant inconvenience from the European station located in French Guiana in the early hours of the morning.

Total success! James Webb Space Observatory is in orbit – News – WebMediums
Takeoff of the James Webb telescope on the Ariane 5.

After exactly 27 minutes and 7 seconds, he proceeded to the second phase of the launch.

At that precise moment, it became independently once it was detached from Ariane 5's upper module. The goal now is for it to go through a 30-day period where it will adjust its trajectory until it is positioned at a strategic point known as L2 Lagrange.

Bill Nelson, NASA's chief administrator, stated that "it is another great day for planet Earth." Undoubtedly, an effective strategy has been put in place to know in depth the dawn of the universe.