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The James Webb Space Telescope reaches its destination in space

The James Webb Space Telescope reaches its destination in space

DrThe James Webb Space Telescope has reached its destination 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. The telescope ignited its engines for five minutes on Monday and reached the so-called second Lagrange point (L2), according to the US space agency. NASA communication.

“Webb, welcome home,” said NASA CEO Bill Nelson. “We are one step closer to discovering the secrets of the universe. I can’t wait to see my first new web look at the universe this summer.”

The James Webb Telescope was designed to explore the early days of the universe 13 billion years ago, just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Astronomers hope to draw conclusions about the formation of the first stars and galaxies.

The most powerful telescope to date far exceeds its predecessor Hubble in size and complexity. It looks into space beyond the Hubble telescope and thus goes back in time. Webb focuses on infrared rays.

And the Ariane 5 missile had that web telescope It was launched on Christmas Day from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The telescope is named after a former director of the US Space Agency, and was jointly developed by NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, the University of Cologne and several German companies also participated in the conference.

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