After a 16-day journey across the ocean, the James Webb Space Telescope arrived last October 12 at the European spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana), and this Sunday several photos of its ‘unpacking’ process have been shared on Twitter. .
The telescope will be launched into space on December 18 on the Ariane 5 rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou. The release date has been postponed multiple times, in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At a cost of 9.7 billion of dollars, the James Webb is 100 times more powerful than the Hubble telescope and will aim to search for signs of extraterrestrial life and study exoplanets and planetary systems, as well as the oldest and most distant galaxies.
The Webb Telescope is the result of a joint effort by NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, with contributions from thousands of scientists, engineers and other professionals from more than 14 countries. It is expected to be the world’s leading space science observatory and to help unravel the mysterious structures and origins of our universe.