The US space agency (NASA) launched yesterday, Saturday the largest and most powerful telescope in the world into space, on a very dangerous mission aimed at studying the first stars and galaxies in the universe and searching for any signs of life outside Earth.
The American newspaper (The Hill) reported – on its website – that the “James Webb” space telescope was launched from French Guiana on the northeastern coast of the South American continent, on board a European “Ryan” rocket.
The newspaper pointed out that the telescope, worth 10 billion US dollars, will fly to its destination, which is about one million and 600,000 kilometers from Earth, equivalent to 4 times the distance between Earth and the Moon.
It is expected that the telescope will take a full month to reach its destination, then it will take 5 months until the infrared devices in the telescope are ready to conduct a survey of the universe.
This telescope is a means that will enable humanity to obtain a preliminary glimpse of the universe when the first galaxies in the universe formed since the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.