Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Webb

Intricate, powerful and incredibly sophisticated, the James Webb Telescope will change how we view reality if it is properly deployed approximately 1.1 millions miles from earth given that this is, according to scientists, the most complex scientific endeavor ever attempted.

The pressure cooker is an apt metaphor for the whole project. Webb is the biggest, most complex, and most expensive science mission that NASA has ever attempted, and expectations among astronomers and the public are huge. Webb will have 100 times the sensitivity of the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be able to look into the universe’s infancy, when the very first galaxies were forming; study the birth of stars and their planetary systems; and analyze the atmospheres of exoplanets, perhaps even detecting signs of life. “If you put something this powerful into space, who knows what we can find? It’s going to be revolutionary because it’s so powerful,” says Matt Mountain, director of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C., and former JWST telescope scientist. 

The specs.

I "pray" this wonderful instrument works as intended as the impact it will have on man will be enormous.

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