James Webb space telescope to replace Hubble

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The James Webb space telescope is an infrared orbiting observatory expected to become the Hubble’s successor. It is scheduled to go into operation in 2014.

© NASAThe tennis-court-sized solar protection screen of the James Webb.
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The tennis-court-sized solar protection screen of the James Webb.
© NASAA James Webb mirror 6.5 meters in diameter (The Hubble’s mirror measures just 2.4 meters).
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A James Webb mirror 6.5 meters in diameter (The Hubble’s mirror measures just 2.4 meters).
© NASAThe telescope will be placed at L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million km away from Earth. Photo: A 3D model of the James Webb space telescope.
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The telescope will be placed at L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million km away from Earth. Photo: A 3D model of the James Webb space telescope.
© NASAA simulation of images expected to be received from the James Webb.
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A simulation of images expected to be received from the James Webb.
© NASAThe advanced space telescope was first proposed in 1996.
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The advanced space telescope was first proposed in 1996.
© NASARemaining in the Earth’s shadow, the telescope will need no artificial cooling. Photo: A 3D model of the James Webb space telescope.
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Remaining in the Earth’s shadow, the telescope will need no artificial cooling. Photo: A 3D model of the James Webb space telescope.
© NASAA full-scale model of the James Webb space telescope made of aluminum and steel. Two trucks are required for its transportation and a team of 12 people to assemble it within four days.
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A full-scale model of the James Webb space telescope made of aluminum and steel. Two trucks are required for its transportation and a team of 12 people to assemble it within four days.
© NASAExperts say the minimum lifetime of the James Webb is five years. NASA scientists hope the telescope will last for at least 10 years. Photo: Models of some of the telescope’s parts.
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Experts say the minimum lifetime of the James Webb is five years. NASA scientists hope the telescope will last for at least 10 years. Photo: Models of some of the telescope’s parts.
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