The James Webb space telescope, tested

NASA has released the results of tests carried out last summer on the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for release in 2019. & nbsp; < p style = "text-align: justify;"> The project is a collaboration between NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency and involves several researchers from the Center for Astrobiology. Specifically, Santiago Arribas is part of the scientific team of the NIRSpec instrument (Near InfraRed Spectrograph - near infrared spectrophotometer) and Luis Colina, David Barrado and Almudena Alonso of the MIRI instrument (Mid InfraRed Instrument).

The NIRSpec will allow us to know how distant galaxies form and evolve and study the characteristics of exoplanets and their atmospheres.

The MIRI instrument, on the other hand, will be able to explore the confines of the universe, detecting and characterizing the first galaxies and quasars. It will investigate the initial stages of the formation of stars and planetary disks around it. In addition, it will be able to detect and characterize the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres.

The James Webb tests were conducted at the Johnson Space Center NASA, in Chamber A, a structure that mimics the space environment that the telescope will experience during its mission. Álvaro Labiano and Javier Álvarez, CAB researchers, participated in these tests.

Figure: Image of the mirror of James Webb before being tested in the Johnson Space Center. © NASA


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