James Webb Telescope Orlando


This is a full-scale model of the super powerful James Webb Space Telescope on display in Orlando, Florida. This model was built by Northrop Grumman Space Technology using steel and aluminum.


It stands 40 feet tall, measures around 80 feet long and 40 feet wide. It also weighs a whooping 5.5 tons, or 12,000 lbs. The life-size model was created in May 2007 to provide the public an understanding of the enormity and importance of the project.


It was first exhibited at the Smithsonianís National Air and Space Museum in Washington DCís National Mall. The model was also displayed in other places such as Colorado Springs in Colorado; Seattle in Washington; Greenbelt in Maryland; Rochester in New York; Paris in France; and Dublin in Ireland.


james webb telescope in orlando

A joint project by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, the James Webb Space Telescope is an improved infrared observatory for space that is planned to replace the near-obsolete Hubble Space Telescope. Renamed after James E. Webb, second administrator of NASA, it was previously named the Next Generation Space Telescope, or NGST. This high-powered telescope, also referred to as JWST for short, is still under development and stated to be launched on June 2013. Unlike the Hubble telescope, James Webb Space Telescope wonít be sitting right next to earth but would be sent million miles away to space, to enable astronomers around the globe to explore all stages of the history of our Universe. It will allow the experts to delve deeper into what really happened in the Big Bang event that is theorized to have formed our universe. It will be able to bring light as to how the solar systems were formed and how our own solar system evolved.

The JWST would accomplish these objectives through its four main focuses of the study. One is searching for light coming from the first galaxies and stars that created the Universe following the Big Bang. Another focus is studying the creation, development and evolution of the different galaxies. Third focus is about understanding the star formation and planetary systems development. Last is studying the origins of life and the planetary systems as they are today. As of now, the program is still in the preliminary stages of its development although nine of its ten technology items have already gone through a non-advocate review and passed successfully in January 2007. Its progress, at Phase B as of the moment, is well underway and expected to move on the next more detailed Phase C. The management of this delicate project is being handled by the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA, which is based in Greenbelt, Maryland.