One month after its launch, James Webb arrived at destination. Since Monday, the most powerful space telescope is now in solar orbit about 1.5 million kilometers from our Earth. Bill Nelson, the boss of the NASA was rather sober (but effective) to mark the event: “Welcome home, Webb!” We have taken another step towards uncovering the mysteries of the Universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new images of the universe this summer! »
🏠 Home, home on Lagrange! We successfully completed our burn to starton its orbit of the 2nd Lagrange point (L2), about a million miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. It will orbit the Sun, in line with Earth, as it orbits L2. https://t.co/bsIU3vccAj
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb)
Now that the telescope is well positioned in relation to the sun, NASA scientists estimate that it could be able to operate between 10 and 20 years, enough to provide us with thousands of new data on the depths of our universe… and somehow make the 10 billion dollars of the project profitable.
Notably, James Webb is not quite on the Lagrange point L2, but will oscillate around this point according to a cycle of 6 months at a distance equivalent to the Earth-Moon distance. Scientists are now waiting for James Webb’s onboard instruments to cool down in order to start the long calibration and configuration phase. James webb should be able to start his observations during the month of June.