NASA called the new launch date of the telescope "James Webb"

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will look Approximately so "Jams Webb" in space

Right now, in low earth orbit, is launched in 1990, the space telescope "Hubble". Thanks to this huge device, weighing over 11,000 pounds, space Agency NASA has learned about the existence of a huge number of new to science of galaxies and cosmic phenomena. The service life of the telescope has long expired, but it still continues its work, recently it celebrated its 30th anniversary. Space the device is already obsolete and a few years really needs to be disabled. As its replacement, the space Agency wants to send into space a telescope "James Webb", which is almost ready to launch. However, carrying out the historical mission greatly hampered pandemic coronavirus — instead of March 2021, the telescope will be launched in a completely different time.

the Impact of coronavirus on science

About the next move of the launch date of the telescope "James Webb" was told to . It was not like now as a surprise because the launch date has already changed so many times that we have all lost count. For the first time about intention to cancel the spring launch of the telescope in early June, said Thomas Zurbuchen (Thomas Zurbuchen), head of research division of NASA. The reason, as in most of the world's problems became pandemic coronavirus. Agency staff need to be convinced of serviceability of the telescope, and the quarantine has slowed the verification process.

Mirror telescope "James Webb"

Please note — pandemic coronavirus only slowed down the work on the new telescope and not completely stopped. According to Thomas Zurbuchen, in recent years the work progressed very well. Even at the end of March 2020, when the acclaimed virus has already began , NASA engineers were able to successfully deploy the primary mirror of the telescope — it was a kind of demonstration of results, which were invested in the development of space devices.

and here is the moment unfolding of the mirror

History of the telescope "James Webb"

That the telescope James Webb , even now believe with great difficulty. Because its design and construction at NASA took more than 20 years. The idea of creating a more powerful space telescope "Hubble" has emerged in the year 1996. Until 2002, the project was called the Next Generation Space Telescope. Only then was renamed in honor of James Webb, the second head of NASA, who held his position from 1961 to 1968.

James Webb oversaw NASA from the beginning of the Kennedy presidency until the end of the Johnson presidency

Initially, the launch telescope James Webb was scheduled for 2007. But when building a huge machine for making new space discoveries came a lot of problems. Because of them, and began a series of numerous transfers — we can say that they happened every year. And here come 2020, when the apparatus is already assembled and almost ready for new discoveries. But no — started pandemic coronavirus, which suffers not only the scientific community, and the world in General.

Launch of the telescope "James Webb"

If we successfully survive the pandemic, riots, and other turmoil, the telescope James Webb will be launched on 31 October 2021. For it orbit the planet will be used by the carrier rocket "Ariane-5". If the launch goes smoothly, the machine will be able to start space exploration in early 2022. Its service life is estimated at 5 years but if it will be as reliable as the Hubble, then surely it will serve for the good of mankind a couple of decades. In General, fingers crossed the whole world and await discovery of new planets, one of which .

Unfortunately, still the probability that problems may occur when running the telescope and even after that. After all, even company SpaceX is very often forced to carry the runs of the telescope and, due to bad weather. It is not excluded that some problems will arise after the launch of the telescope — you never know, suddenly he can't crack a mirror? However, let's not think about the negative and start to hope for the best. Be healthy!

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