the The James Webb Space Telescope successfully completed the final phase of its deployment this Saturday, along with its main mirror.It is already in its final form to begin exploring the universe in just over five months, NASA said.
“The final wing is now deployed,” NASA said via Twitter, adding that the team is now working “to secure the wing in place, a process that takes several hours.”
The main mirror of the telescope is about 6.5 meters in diameter. Because James Webb was too large to fit the nose cone of the rocket in the operational takeoff configuration, It was moved with both sides folded.
NASA said the first of these wings was deployed on Friday and the second opened this morning as planned, but it acknowledged that the deployment was a complex and difficult task.
Webb, the most powerful space telescope ever and successor to Hubble, took off in an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana on December 25 and is heading to its orbit point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth.
Its infrared technology allows it to see the first stars and galaxies that formed 13.5 billion years ago, which seeks to give astronomers a new perspective on the early times of the universe, AFP reports.
“Before the celebration, we still have work to do,” NASA said in its live updates. “When the last latch is secure, Webb will open completely into space,” he said.
Earlier this week, the telescope revealed its five-layer sunscreen, a 21-meter comet-shaped device that acts as a parachute, the task of which is to ensure Webb’s instruments are kept in the shade so they can detect faint infrared signals from the far reaches of the universe. .