Scheduled for launch in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will look through dusty clouds to see how stars form planetary systems and connect the Milky Way to the solar system. The large space telescope, named after former NASA administrator James Webb, will use instruments that are designed to work primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. The main feature of the telescope is a folding, segmented mirror to see far-off objects. In total, it will consist of four science instruments, which include a near-infrared camera and spectrograph, another camera and a spectrograph that sees light in the mid-infrared region, and a precision sensor. According to NASA, the James Webb Space Telescope will become the primary observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide.
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