insane-curiosity 8 months ago
Insane Curiosity #Space and Time

The James Webb Telescope is about to Launch

The First 30 Days Will Be Pure Terror

Do you remember the opening scene of the first Star Wars, which announced "Long ago, in a distant, distant galaxy..." as it slowly flowed towards an infinite perspective?


Well, it is in the same way that you should imagine to see these other words flowing: "The James Webb Space Telescope, also called Webb or JWST, is a large, space-based observatory, optimized for infrared wavelengths, which will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope.


At its peak, as many as 2,000 scientists and technicians were working on Webb, with a total of about 10,000 people involved in its construction over the decades. It will have longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity.


The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look further back in time to find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, and to peer inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today..."


The reason for my strange request? Well... in my opinion, the adventure that is about to begin with the launch of the Webb Telescope will probably be as exciting and full of twists and turns as the Star Wars saga.


With a single, great initial fear: that something could go wrong at the start or in the first and very complicated month of the mission.


Let's see together why.

insane-curiosity
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