Flagship Webb Telescope Poised For Operations

Hubble Space Telescope images of Eagle nebula
Two views of the Eagle nebula, both taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2015, illuminate the difference between visible (left) and infrared (right) wavelengths of light. The James Webb Space Telescope, which launched on Dec. 25, operates in the infrared with a mirror that is more than six times larger than Hubble’s.
Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble/Hubble Heritage Team
It will be months before the James Webb Space Telescope begins science observations, but after NASA nailed a two-week series of critical deployments—culminating with the in-space assembly of the largest mirror ever flown on a space observatory—astronomers’ hopes are soaring. NASA’s Webb Telescope is...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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