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NASA To Launch Webb Space Telescope In Late 2018 In The Hunt For Alien Life

Thousands of people, for almost two decades, accomplished the construction of the telescope element of the largest space telescope ever created. The optical and science segment of the James Webb Space Telescope stands complete in one of the largest cleanrooms in the world, located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

image credit: NASA Goddard

The James Webb Space Telescope is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built.

image credit: NASA Goddard

JWST’s capabilities will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology.One particular goal involves observing some of the most distant events and objects in the Universe, such as the formation of the first galaxies.


These types of targets are beyond the reach of current ground and space-based instruments. Another goal is understanding the formation of stars and planets. This will include direct imaging of exoplanets.

The Webb telescope may be able to take a look at the LHS 114ob, which is located 40 light years away in a habitable zone of the star. Scientists are excited about the newly discovered planet as it shares a lot of similarities to Earth and it is said to be about the same age, even though it is heavier and bigger.