As rightly said by American scientist Alan Kay, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” And what better way than creating a device that holds a key to knowing our past and future. This is what NASA’s space telescope aims to achieve.
Last week, the much-awaited James Webb Space Telescope sent photographs of space and ushered a new way to look at celestial bodies and their phenomena which was a major improvement from the blurry image provider ‘Hubble telescope’. NASA released five images from the early work of the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12th. The Webb telescope provided us with coloured, accurate and meticulous images. The $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s largest and most powerful space telescope, will assist in uncovering the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to discovering alien planets and much more.
The telescope’s centrepiece is its giant primary mirror, made up of 18 smaller hexagonal mirrors that act as a sun shield. They’re made from gold that reflects infrared light from the far reaches of the universe. These foldable mirrors can contract easily to fit in the rocket; therefore, their structure is that way.
Written By Anya Sharma (MYP 2B)