NASA telescope arrives at destination

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at its destination 1.5million kilometers from Earth.

The telescope is a team effort led by Nasa in partnership with the European and Canadian space agencies.

The special telescope is designed to give the world an unprecedented glimpse of infant galaxies. It was launched earth on the 26th December.

The $NZ13 billion telescope uses an infrared spectrum to gaze through clouds of gas and dust where stars are being born.

This new telescope takes the place of the 30-year-old Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble was about 100 times less powerful than Hubble and orbited the Earth from only 547km away.

Webb reached its destination at a position of gravitational equilibrium known as the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point, or L2.

From here, Webb will follow a special “halo” path that keeps it in constant alignment with Earth but out of its shadow. This enables uninterrupted radio contact from earth to send back vital images and information.

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