3 December, 2022

The James Webb takes off, the largest telescope ever sent into space

Telescopio James Webb

The James Webb takes off, the largest telescope ever sent into space

The Ariane rocket 5 that transports the James Webb, the largest telescope ever sent into space, took off this Saturday at 12:20 GMT hours, from the European spaceport of Kurú, in French Guiana.

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

French Guiana – After take off, NASA reported that at 12:20 GMT had started “an exciting new decade of science” and that James Webb “will change our understanding of space as we know it”.

The European Space Agency (THAT) also reported that this take off “it's an awesome christmas present”, among other things for space science.

The Webb began its journey today after nearly three decades of development and construction work., and years of delays. The importance and revolution of this mission, both from an astronomical and technological point of view, has caused space agencies to broadcast in multiple languages.

The telescope that launched today, It is not just about advancing the knowledge of the first galaxies that were born after the Big Bang -the great explosion that is considered to have originated the universe-, and know more about “my story, yours, our history”, the experts in charge of the mission stand out.

The James Webb will put never-before-seen data and images at our fingertips. “Colors that we have not been able to see” so far in space, detect things “that we did not have in mind in current astrophysics”, assured the Chilean Nestor Espinoza, one of those involved in this mission.

In his Twitter account, the director general of ESA, Josef Aschbacher, He said: “To see a launch of this magnitude and at this level of international cooperation is to see incredible machinery in action. (…), I am proud of the work”.

The James Webb, a collaboration between United States space agencies (NASA), Europe (THAT) and canada (CSA), will travel to 1,5 million kilometers from Earth, about four times farther than the Moon.

From there, provide an unprecedented view of the universe at near-infrared and mid-infrared wavelengths, and will allow scientists to study a wide variety of celestial objects, being able to look back in time more than 13.500 millions of years to see the first galaxies that were born after the Big Bang.

But for it, in addition to separating from the rocket 27 minutes and 11 seconds, will have to go on a long journey and overcome a series of critical stages in the next month. The James Webb is so large that it has been folded in origami style to fit on the Arianespace rocket and once in space it will unfold like a transformer toy..

Among others, you will need to open your parasol, the size of a tennis court, and then the primary mirror, of 6,5 meters.

The recomposition and tensioning of the enormous solar shield will begin after three days and at twelve the deployment and repositioning of the primary mirror formed by 18 hexagons. These are just some of the delicate phases you will have to go through that no appliance has ever done before..