The telescope is located 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
WASHINGTON. James Webb’s space telescope reached its target 1.5 million kilometers from Earth on Monday. Referring to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the AP informed about it.
He was brought out of Earth by the Ariane 5 launch vehicle, which took off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at Christmas. According to AFP, at about 20:00 CET, the binoculars turned on the jets for five minutes to reach the second pound point. In this position, the gravitational forces of the Earth and the Sun balance.
The mirrors still need to be fine-tuned and the infrared detectors on this seven-tonne telescope, worth a total of ten billion dollars, to be sufficiently cooled. It should start operating in June.
As stated NASA, Webb’s telescope will allow astronomers to look into the past of the universe, just a hundred million years after the supposed “big bang.” The telescope will also examine the atmosphere of distant space bodies for signs of life.
The space telescope will always be on the night side of the Earth to keep its infrared detectors as cool as possible. It is four times farther from Earth than the moon.
The Webb telescope is set to succeed the Hubble Space Telescope, which is in orbit at an altitude of about 500 kilometers and is already in need of repairs.