The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to blast off in October 2018 and according to NASA, the Gold Mirror Telescope will be the most powerful telescope ever built.
NASA is in the process of sending into space a powerful telescope with a shiny gold mirror. The telescope will answer questions about the birth of the universe, the ‘First Light” in the universe and also help in the quest for planets.
The James Webb Space Telescope will be the biggest telescope ever built and will be as tall as a three-story building and wide as a gymnasium.
The mirrors are covered in a thin layer of gold, and there are 18 built-in hexagon mirrors. It will enable NASA to observe the beginnings of the universe and take mankind’s knowledge of the universe to a whole new level.
The James Webb Space Telescope was unveiled at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland and will be ultimately replacing the Hubble Telescope.
Named after the renowned NASA administrator James Webb, it weighs 14,300 pounds and costs surround the $9 billion.
The James Webb Space Telescope was built in two decades, and the cost runs and delays led many skeptics to question its viability and use.
The Congress had almost voted to shut down the project. The project was a brainchild of Alan Dressler, who is at present a senior astronomer at the Carnegie Institute of Science. Alan wanted to build a telescope with far better capabilities than the Hubble space telescope.
The project saw the coming together of more than 1,000 scientists and engineers from 17 different countries to built the telescope.
The telescope has 18 hexagon-shaped-gold-cover mirrors made of lightweight beryllium that can withstand the -388-degree temperatures.
It is the primary mirror of the telescope and is about 250 square feet. It could be some of the dimmest lights in the universe and to mark objects that are extremely far away.