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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on Christmas Day this year. After its launch, the telescope travelled to L2  in a month to its orbital destination.. You might say the telescope is a "couch potato". L2 will always keep the same distance from Earth.

What is L2?
Webb will perform its science mission while orbiting a location in space called the second Lagrange point, or L2 for short. L2 is located one million miles from Earth.

After five months of calibration, JWST was able to send images back to Earth.

Webb's Science Mission Begins

We wonder. It’s our nature. How did we get here?
Are we alone in the universe?
How does the universe work?

The James Webb Space Telescope is an ambitious scientific endeavor to answer these questions. Webb builds on the legacy of previous space-based telescopes to push the boundaries of human knowledge even further, to the formation of the first galaxies and the horizons of other worlds.

Explore the universe with Webb.

July 12th - First Images from Webb

NASA, in partnership with ESA (European Space Agency) and CSA (Canadian Space Agency), released first images from the world’s largest and most powerful space telescope will demonstrate Webb at its full power as it begins its mission to unfold the infrared universe.

Each image will simultaneously be made available on social media, as well as on the agency’s website at:


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The world is about to be new again

NASA’s Webb Telescope Is Now Fully Ready for Science Click here to learn more.