After a long delay, a giant cargo ship arrived in the French Guiana region in South America carrying the new James Webb telescope, which will set out on a journey in which it will observe the universe and discover its secrets in infrared.
The huge telescope took 16 days, during which a giant cargo ship sailed from California, crossing the state of California. Great distances in the Pacific Ocean.
The ship passed through the Panama Canal before reaching the French Guiana region, which is located on the north coast of South America, and the total voyage was more than 5,800 miles.
The cargo, which arrived in Guyana on Tuesday, settled at the European Space Agency’s “Kouro” station, where the telescope will be launched on board a rocket into space on December 18.
The James Webb Telescope has a mission to inherit the giant Hubble telescope, which has been following the secrets of the universe for nearly 30 years.
Scientists say that the mission of the new telescope is to study the universe in the shadow of infrared radiation, which helps to study the first stars and galaxies in the universe and search for signs of life in the near atmosphere, and will also undertake the task of studying alien planets.
The development of the new telescope began in 1996, and it was scheduled to launch into space in 2007, but the project was subjected to several pitfalls that delayed the launch, and the lack of funding also contributed to this.
James Webb is distinguished by the color of its golden, hexagonal mirrors, which resemble beehives. The cost of this telescope is about 10 billion US dollars, according to some estimates.