The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most successful tools in the history of science, and has engendered unprecedented understanding of how our Universe works, just in the past 2 decades or so that it has been operational. But like most tools of any science, it’s usefulness is coming to an end. And while it will (hopefully) still produce awe-inspiring images for many years to come, there is a replacement for the Hubble telescope that is currently being prepped for launch into orbit in 2018.
The James Webb telescope is larger, more advanced and has a resolution that is SEVEN times more sensitive than the Hubble. The design and construction of this massive telescope is really unlike anything that has come before it. And while it’s primary science goals are similar to, or will enhance what the Hubble has already achieved, it’s nevertheless a huge step forward in terms of what the field of astronomy can achieve.
(Image credit: NASA/JWST)
Here is a video of John Mather, Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space discussing what the Webb can potentially see when its primary science mission begins, and how much more there is to learn about the Universe in general, of which, we’ve barely scratched the surface as a species:
Head over to the JWST site to learn more about this amazing telescope.