The US space agency NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope exactly a year from now. The agency has set October 31, 2021, as the launch date. It said that the team and scientists across the world are eagerly anticipating the launch. The James Webb Space Telescope is a high-tech and extremely powerful scientific equipment. It has been developed to succeed the decades-old Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope was launched in 1990 into the low Earth orbit. It is still operational. Scientists have made some incredible discoveries using the Hubble Space Telescope. It remains one of the largest and most versatile research tool launched by humans into space.
According to NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched from the European Spaceport ELA-3 launch complex. It will be placed into orbit atop Ariane 5 rocket. The new telescope is at least 100 times more powerful than the Hubble. NASA will retire the Hubble Space Telescope when the James Webb Space Telescope starts making discoveries. The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful, and complex telescope scientists have ever constructed. The telescope is named after NASA administrator James E Webb. It was under his leadership that NASA won the race to land a human on the Moon. He died in 1992 at the age of 85.
NASA said that the telescope will study the solar system and send photos of exoplanets. Scientists expect that the telescope will bring to fore some unknown facts about the universe. The agency said that after the launch, it will cover a distance of 1 million miles over 30 days to reach the second Lagrange point. The point is called L2. The telescope will stay in that orbit in line with the Earth as it orbits the Sun. The Hubble telescope can make observations on the night-side of Earth. But the new telescope will be able to operate continuously as it will be shielded from the Sun.