NASA’s massive telescope, which can peer into the farthest reaches of space, has been launched. The James Webb telescope was successfully launched on Christmas Day after decades of planning and months of delays.
The giant mirror may be able to “sniff” out hints of alien life in addition to exposing the universe’s greatest secrets.
So, now that it’s been released, where is it on its journey?
What is the status of the James Webb Telescope?
The telescope was in its early deployment phase for the first two and a half days.
Because of James Webb’s enormous size, the gold-plated mirrors that accomplish the most vital work are made up of 18 hexagonal sections that neatly unpack and click together like a flawless jigsaw.
But, first and foremost, the sunshield must be put together.
This began on the third day.
It marks the start of a “major phase” and when it begins to “bloom like a flower,” according to NASA.
The sensitive optic kit is protected from the sun through five layers.
This phase will not be completed until the ninth day.
By visiting NASA’s website, you can obtain real-time updates on the telescope’s progress.
NASA also uses Twitter to provide regular updates.
What has happened to the James Webb Telescope?
James Webb continues to travel through space at breakneck speed.
On Wednesday, it was well over 340,000 miles away from Earth, according to NASA’s tracker site.
But there’s still a long way to go.
According to NASA, James Webb’s voyage was only 37% complete as of December 29.
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