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Updated 03/07/2013 03:12 PM
A closer look at NASA's new Webb telescope
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The largest space telescope ever constructed by NASA is scheduled for launch in 2018, but you can see a full-scale model outside the Long Center during the SXSW Gaming Expo
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has a 21.3 foot mirror and several layers of tennis-court sized sun screens, stands nearly four stories tall and is being partially constructed in Texas.
Unlike the visible images produced by the Hubble Space Telescope, the new Webb telescope will mostly generate infrared images. Recent improvements in imaging technology are expected to allow scientists access to more information about the farthest reaches of our universe than ever before.
JWST will be placed into an orbit nearly one million miles away from earth with a life expectancy of at least five years.
In the above interview video, YNN's Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons speaks with astrophysicist Sarah Tuttle from UT's McDonald Observatory to find out more about the specific technologies aboard JWST and the science we hope to learn.
NASA's official JWST page:
Webb and Hubble comparison:
JWST at The Space Telescope Science Institute:
See JWST under construction, from space.com:
Manufacturer Northrup Grumman's page:
JWST NASA info video: