Space Technologies

 Space technologies, solar science, and related topics will be curated here with links to articles and resources. The future of space exploration includes colonization, alien contact, advanced travel speeds, more information with more powerful infrared telescopes, and the solar science watch of the Sun for signs of potential dramatic changes that would affect the Earth. It has multiple disciplines and sub-disciplines that range from cosmology to astronomy, astro-physics, and aerospace engineering.

The James Webb Space Telescope - 2021 Launch

This new space telescope will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. It will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.

Remember the amazing Hubble telescope? The Webb Telescope "will compliment and extend the capabilities of the Hubble with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today."

The results will have the ability to see planets in many different galaxies and discover life and habitats.

The innovation in technology of space telescopes is described on the NASA website :

innovative technologies

"Several innovative technologies have been developed for Webb. These include a primary mirror made of 18 separate segments that unfold and adjust to shape after launch. The mirrors are made of ultra-lightweight beryllium. Webb’s biggest feature is a tennis court sized five-layer sunshield that attenuates heat from the Sun more than a million times. The telescope’s four instruments - cameras and spectrometers - have detectors that are able to record extremely faint signals. One instrument (NIRSpec) has programmable microshutters, which enable observation up to 100 objects simultaneously. Webb also has a cryocooler for cooling the mid-infrared detectors of another instrument (MIRI) to a very cold 7 K so they can work."

The telescope will launch in 2021. A short 5 minute video shows how the telescope will open up minor and major components during the initial 800 km after launch. It is like watching science fiction yet it is the next phase of space exploration.


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