World’s Most Powerful Telescope Launched

The world’s largest and most powerful space telescope blasted off from earth to make its way into the outer universe to spy out the happenings into space.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope rocketed off from French Guiana on South America’s northeastern coast, riding a European Ariane rocket.

The $10bn observatory hurtled towards its destination 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) away – or more than four times beyond the moon.

It will take a month to get there and another five months before its infrared eyes are ready to start scanning the cosmos.

First, the telescope’s enormous mirror and sun-shield need to unfurl; they were folded origami-style to fit into the rocket’s nose cone.

Otherwise, the observatory will not be able to peer back in time 13.7 billion years as anticipated, within a mere 100 million years of the universe-forming Big Bang.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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