Space Telescope James Webb Has Just Completed A Fundamental Step

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We still don’t think it’s true that we’re going to talk about James Webb Space Telescope, which, after more than 10 years, finally arrived in space and is starting to do the first operations to become 100% operational. The instrument has successfully extended its tower (DTA), a 1.2-metre-long tree that connects the two-half of the telescope.

“This creates a sufficient distance to allow the mirrors and sensitive instruments to cool to the temperatures needed to detect infrared light,” NASA said in the note. “The gap that has been created will also provide space for the membranes of the sunshade to be completely disserted.” By the way, where is the James Webb space telescope? Thanks to this site you will always know.

The whole process, which began at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29, took six hours and 39 minutes and ended at 10:24 p.m. The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on December 25 and will take a 29-day journey to a point called “Lagrange Point 2” at 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. On December 28, he began to deploy his huge sunshade, a process that should last about five days.

The sunshade is essential to keep the tools and the optics of Webb fresh. After the deployment of the DTA, the next steps of the observatory will be to release the sunshade cover and the push flap that “will help compensate part of the sun pressure that hits it.” These steps should be completed today, after which the instrument can begin to deploy the parasol already from the new year.

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