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The technological experience, and above all practical, accumulated by the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes has been put at the service of the James Webb Space Telescope. This modern space observatory is under development, and will study the sky in infrared frequency.
The James Webb Space Telescope, JWST, is a joint project of NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency. It is equipped with a 6.5-meter diameter telescope, almost three times larger than that of the Hubble, and with four other scientific instruments optimized to study the infrared band. The European ESA agency has been responsible for directing the development of two of these instruments.
The launch of the US James Webb space telescope is scheduled for 2018. It is considered the most powerful observatory that will be deployed in space, according to the head of the United States space agency NASA, Charles Bolden.
The new telescope will investigate all fields of astronomy and the different periods in the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the formation of galaxies and star systems in the Milky Way. It will also look for other planets with the necessary requirements to house life. The JWST telescope can explore the atmosphere of exoplanets located outside our Solar System.