NASA’s $10 billion telescope in space marks a new era of discovery
In a very successful launch on Saturday, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful and largest telescope ever built, was launched into orbit. This launch marks the beginning of the mission of the Webb telescope, one that has taken more than 30 years to develop and countless delays.
The Hubble Space Telescope is billed as a successor to Hubble as it is projected to cost ten billion dollars. This project will study the first stars in the cosmos that began to appear approximately 100 million years after the Big Bang.
The observation platform took off onboard a European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:20 a.m at a European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
It is worth noting that the Webb telescope can see beyond the range of visible light, in contrast to other telescopes that observe predominantly visible light and the human eye. It is possible for the infrared rays emitted from Webb’s telescope to penetrate through large layers of cosmic dust and gas, which allows the telescope to see objects that would normally be invisible to other telescopes.