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Hubble’s successor one step closer to completion

James Webb Space Telescope will produce the sharpest images yet of the farthest depths of the cosmos

A working replica of MIRI – the pioneering camera and spectrometer under Airbus Defence and Space consortium project management for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – was shipped from the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in mid March. This brings the telescope one step closer to embarking on its journey into space where it will produce the sharpest images yet of the farthest depths of the cosmos.

The telescope, a joint collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is a large, cold orbiting infrared observatory that will succeed the Hubble Space Telescope. With the help of MIRI and its three other sophisticated instruments (including the Airbus Defence and Space-primed NIRSpec), it will be able to examine the first light in the universe and investigate the evolution of galaxies and the process of star and planet formation – helping to answer some of the fundamental questions about the origin of our Universe.

MIRI (Mid InfraRed Instrument) is an infrared camera and spectrometer that will operate as part of the telescope to observe the Universe at wavelengths that are difficult or impossible to observe from the ground.

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