Canada Joins NASA Collaboration to Build the Largest Space Telescope in History.

    The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is joining forces with its European counterpart and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to put up the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched on December 18, 2021, from French Guiana.

    The new space telescope is named after James Edwin Webb, who served as NASA’s appointed administrator from February 14, 1961, to October 7, 1968. The CSA’s contribution to the Webb project is a guidance sensor and another scientific instrument.

    Besides being considered as the most technologically advanced space telescope, the “Webb” is also the largest of its kind. Its developers disclose that Webb’s functionality is a hundred times more powerful than the Hubble telescope.

    Webb’s program director, Gregory L. Robinson, shared in a statement that assembling the new space telescope is not just a massive undertaking but also an “exemplary mission that signifies the epitome of perseverance.”

    The Webb is slated to be positioned in the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrange point, around 1.5 million kilometers away from our home planet. Compared to the Webb, the Hubble space telescope is much nearer and is just orbiting 570 kilometers above Earth.

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