James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), previously known as Next Generation Space Telescope(NGST), is a space observatory under construction and scheduled to launch in October 2018. The JWST will offer unprecedented resolution and sensitivity from long-wavelength visible to the mid-infrared, and is a successor instrument to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. The telescope features a segmented 6.5-meter (21 ft) diameter primary mirror and will be located near the Earth–Sun L2 point. A largesunshield will keep its mirror and four science instruments below 50 K (−370 °F).

 

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