Quantcast

James Webb telescope replica goes on display at Science Center

Astronomy buffs can get a close-up look at a full-size replica of the James Webb Space Telescope in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The replica goes on display Friday outside the Maryland Science Center and remains through Oct. 26.

Watch video the telescope model set-up over three days

The telescope is expected to replace the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope, but is heading much farther out into space. Planned for launch in 2018, the Webb is designed to make its observations from a point about a million miles from Earth. NASA says the telescope will use its tennis-court sized heat shields to block heat from the sun and Earth and observe infrared wavelengths. That will allow it to look farther back in time and find galaxies that formed in the early universe.

_____

Online:

NASA Webb replica site — http://www.nasa.gov/topics/nasalife/features/webb-balto.html

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*