Five things to know about the James Webb Space Telescope
- More than 10,000 people worked on the project, with the budget eventually snowballing to around $10 billion
- The telescope will be placed in orbit about a million miles from Earth, roughly four times the distance of our planet from the Moon
The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful space observatory ever built, is now tentatively set for launch on Christmas Day, after decades of waiting. An engineering marvel, it will help answer fundamental questions about the Universe, peering back in time 13 billion years.
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