James Webb Telescope 2021 Update

The James Webb telescope is a hopeful key in unlocking the mystery and changing humankind’s
understanding of what’s beyond our Earth forever. The Hubble telescope proceeded James Webb launching in 1990 James Webb cost an astronomical $10 billion to build.

Picture courtesy of NASA

It is predicted that we are given glimpses into the past of around 13 ½ billion years by using infrared light to
measure and study galaxies within galaxies per se. The quality of the satellite images is not just dependent on
technology inside the telescope, but also the size of its mirrors as they determine just how much detail the
satellite can see in. James Webb weighs 6 tons with a massive 21-foot mirror altogether. A small team has
resumed small portions of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Webb can find and measure baby
galaxies, which will hopefully give scientists a galaxy map with the level of detail that has never been seen
before.

This massive project was started in the hopes of studying the origins of our universe. Using infrared
technology and the light collected from years, for example, may give a status such as when the star began,
and why it became the size it is in so much more detail than ever thought possible.

With the telescope’s technology in the palm of our hand, we will now be able to see stars that may be billions
of years old. The future of space study has never looked brighter. It is believed that this project will enhance
astronomy to new heights. To learn more about James Webb or other space missions, please visit The NASA
or our blog section at Lenox Laser May the reach of humankind never be stopped by the boundaries of space.

James Webb Telescope Launch Update

Space — both infinite and unknown — is the last frontier for mankind. From the earliest day of humans, we have dreamed of what is lost in the array of stars; soon the James Webb telescope will provide more information on our quest to map the celestial bodies. With the launch of such a device on March 30, 2021, scientists and technicians working on the project believe the telescope will yield significant insights into the universe.

Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Telescope will go beyond Earth’s moon to the coldest, darkest places of the universe to answer questions. These questions from scientists range from the exact nature of dark matter to the formation and collision of infant galaxies. Webb is planned to go to the L2 point — the opposite side of Earth not facing the sun, and once it is in position, it will then observe the near- and middle-infrared areas of the galaxy in hopes of capturing very first stars in the universe. Of course, to monitor these different areas of the galaxy, it will need special equipment; and Lenox Laser is happy to assist.

Picture courtesy of NASA

Lenox Laser is honored to have provided the James Webb telescope with precision alignment targets for its mid-infrared instrument (MIRI). As the founder of Lenox Laser, Joe D’Entremont was even invited to see this process firsthand. Lenox Laser wishes the James Webb mission a very prosperous and successful journey.

With the launch of Webb on March 30, 2021, we look forward to seeing the incredible findings of the telescope. To find out more about the James Webb and other space missions, please visit the NASA or read our blog NASA series at Lenox Laser.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch

Lenox Laser would like to congratulate SpaceX on the Falcon Heavy Test Flight. Below is a link to their video of the spectacular event.


There’s a starman waiting in the sky.

James Webb Space Telescope – Completed

Today, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was unveiled by NASA administrator Charles Bolden. The team will now begin and extensive set of tests to see if the JWST can handle the extreme conditions of deep space and launch. Lenox Laser was proud to provide precision alignment targets fro the imaging system on the James Webb Space Telescope – the Mind-Infrared Instrument (MIRI).

Nobel Laureate Dr. John C Mather, the Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Telescope, spoke at Lenox Laser during our 2nd Annual Light Seminar. His presentation “History of the Universe in a Nutshell: From the Big Bang to Life and the End of Time” is below.

To read more about the 2nd Annual Light Seminar click here.

To read more about the James Webb Space Telescope click here.

NASA Kepler Mission: Update

The NASA Kepler mission is currently in its second phase of operation since the recovery of the craft and launch of K2. A couple of years ago Kepler lost some important technology and had to return to Earth, but now with K2 being launched, the campaigns can continue.
The mission still retains its original goal of discovering earth-like planets and determining if any are habitable.
Lenox Laser was responsible for fabricating what the scientists over at NASA call the Starfield Plate. This plate consists of stainless steel laser drilled with an array of holes as small as 3 microns in diameter with the purpose of performing photometry.

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