Current Affairs


  1. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of United States has successfully completed building the largest space telescope — one that is 100 times powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope and may find the first galaxies that were formed in the early universe.
  2.  James Webb Space Telescope will be successor of NASA’s 26-year-old Hubble.
  3. The Webb telescope’s infrared cameras are so sensitive that it needs to be shielded from the rays of the Sun. A five-layer sunshield of the size of a tennis court will prevent the heat from interfering with the telescope’s infrared sensors.
  4. The layers work together to reduce the temperatures between the hot and cold sides of the observatory by about 298 degrees Celsius. Each successive layer of the sunshield, made of kapton, is cooler than the one below.
  5. Space agency has made first important optical measurement of James Webb Space Telescope fully assembled primary mirror, called a Center of Curvature test.
  6. Space telescope will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed, and explore planets around distant stars.
  7. It is a joint project of the NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.