NASA's James Webb Telescope Arrived in South Africa

NASA’s James Webb Telescope Arrived in South Africa

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A while ago NASA was stating that the James Webb Space will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in 2021. 

Well, the Webb telescope designed to be the premier observatory of the next decade and serve thousands of astronomers worldwide has arrived in French Guiana, South America after two decades of delays. Since 2018, JWST had been at Northrop, completing final assembly and testing.

The James Webb Space Telescope employed 16 days at sea in an environmentally controlled shipping container and its arrival signals the start of the final arrangements before the telescope is placed on the top of its spacecraft. 

NASA said the JWSR ‘will study 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.”

Formerly known as the “Next Generation Space Telescope” (NGST), the Webb telescope was renamed in September 2002 after a former NASA administrator, James Webb.

The telescope is an international collaboration between NASAESA (the European Space Agency), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). 

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NASA’s James Webb Telescope Arrived in South Africa
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