Premiere Telescope of Next Decade
extending the tantalizing discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope.
So big it has to fold origami-style to fit in the rocket and unfolds like a “Transformer” in space.
1.5 Million km
Webb orbits the Sun 1.5 million kilometers from the Earth. (Hubble orbits 560 kilometers above the Earth.)
SPF 1 Million
Webb has a 5-layer sunshield that protects the telescope from the infrared radiation of the Sun, Earth, and Moon; like having sun protection of SPF 1 million.
A brief overview of the James Webb Space Telescope mission from its construction, launch, and complex unfolding, to the incredible science it achieves. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Producer: Michael McClare (KBRwyle)