The James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest and most powerful in the world. ESA recently showed what it would look like to launch a telescope into space.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the next great observatory designed to answer unresolved questions about space and make breakthrough discoveries in all areas of astronomy. JWST will look deep into space to uncover the mystery of our origin and the birth of the first galaxies in the early universe.

The James Webb project was sponsored by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

To date, many years of development and several delays associated with the launch of the James Webb telescope into space have come to an end. JWST was successfully delivered to the European spaceport in French Guiana (South America). From there, it will be launched into space on December 18. The telescope will be delivered to Earth’s orbit by the Ariane 5 rocket.

During its first month in space, on its way to the second Lagrange point (L2), “James Webb” will be deployed in several stages. A key step is the unveiling of the legendary 18-hexagon gold-plated mirror. The width of the structure is 6.5 m.

ESA was responsible for the development and validation of the Ariane 5 adaptations for the James Webb mission, as well as the development of two of the four scientific instruments (NIRSpec and MIRI).