James Webb, the most powerful space telescope that the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent into space on December 25 last year, completed its mirror opening and took its final shape. The opening moment of the space telescope, which took the shape of a honeycomb with the opening of the last mirror panel, was broadcast live by NASA.
NASA said in a statement on its social media account, “2 weeks after launch, James Webb has reached the next milestone. The mirrors have completed their placement and the next generation telescope has taken its final shape.”
Designed as the new model of NASA’s old Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Telescope will examine the history of the universe in the future. The James Webb telescope, which weighs 6.2 tons and is framed by a 6.5 meter wide mirror, is said to be the leading observatory of the next 10 years.
By detecting signals from objects in the universe, James Webb will gather clues about whether there is life outside the world. The space telescope, named after James Webb, the former administrator of NASA, was successfully launched into space with the Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou Space Base in French Guiana on December 25 last year.