A NASA Astrophysicist Explains Why The James Webb Space Telescope Looks Like a Honeycomb

Why though?

After 25 years of planning, nearly $10 billion in funding, and meticulous work, NASA finally launched its next-generation space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), on Christmas day. JWST is now embarking on a six-month trip before it can begin its science mission and start to conduct routine science operations to peer deep into the distant cosmos.

The Webb is being hailed as a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, but, make no mistake: It'll allow us to see farther into space than ever before, with a primary objective to observe the earliest stars and galaxies produced after the Big Bang. The Webb's mirror is six times larger and its equipment are designed to observe longer wavelengths in order to accomplish this colossal task, and it looks extremely odd when you think about the regular telescopes we have on Earth.

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NASA astronomer Amber Straughn and Vox's Joss Fong create a miniature model of the telescope in this video to study its unique design and understand why it looks to be so wonderfully weird. If you're interested in learning more, check out the video attached above, and as usual, enjoy.

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