JWST mission preparations

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Released

28/04/2017

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00:03:50

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ESA

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In October 2018 a European rocket will launch the largest astronomical space telescope ever built. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is an international collaboration between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It will use infrared light to study the birth and evolution of planets, stars and galaxies throughout our cosmic history, advancing our understanding of the Universe.

JWST represents the next step for visible and infrared space astronomy after the Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, first opened new doors into our Universe. NASA, ESA and CSA have teamed up to build this extraordinary piece of science engineering. Expectations are high as the telescope and its instruments are currently finishing integration and undergoing major testing at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre. This video includes interviews with ESA and NASA managers. 

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