Webb telescope in position beyond the moon, will begin transmitting images this summer

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The James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its intended position beyond the moon Monday and is now prepared to peer across far-flung galaxies and into the depths of time, CNN reported.

After the Webb telescope reached its destination, known as L2, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released a statement thanking his team “for all of their hard work ensuring Webb’s safe arrival” and expressing his eagerness to “see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!”

According to The Washington Post, L2 refers to the second of five “Lagrange points” produced by the Earth-sun orbital relationship. At L2, located about one million miles from Earth, “the tricky overlap of gravity from the sun and Earth and centrifugal forces from its orbit will allow the telescope to maintain its position relative to the orbiting Earth almost — but not quite — effortlessly.”

The telescope — a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency — took off from French Guiana on Christmas morning.

Though only roughly the size of a tennis court, the telescope is designed to detect light that was emitted as little as 100 million years after the Big Bang. So far, the oldest galaxy astronomers have observed using the 100-times-weaker Hubble Telescope dates to around 400 million years after the Big Bang.

The space agencies began work on the telescope — named for James. E. Webb, the NASA administrator who oversaw the beginnings of the Apollo program — in 1996. It cost over $10 billion.

floating in the most peculiar way The James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its intended position beyond the moon Monday and is now prepared to peer across far-flung galaxies and into the depths of time, CNN reported. After the Webb telescope reached its destination, known as L2, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released a statement thanking…

floating in the most peculiar way The James Webb Space Telescope arrived at its intended position beyond the moon Monday and is now prepared to peer across far-flung galaxies and into the depths of time, CNN reported. After the Webb telescope reached its destination, known as L2, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson released a statement thanking…