Dec 30, 2016 11:05 AM EST
NASA: James Webb Space Telescope Coming in Two Years; NASA Invites Artists To Be Inspired [Video]
For almost two decades, thousands of people finally accomplished the construction of the James Webb Telescope element - the largest space telescope ever created that will be finished in two years. To celebrate the occasion, NASA invited artists to have a unique opportunity to view the amazing and aesthetically pleasing scientific marvel.
Within the next two years, more components will be integrated into the spacecraft and it will visit three more locations prior to its launch. From 2016 to 2018, once all testing of all equipment is complete, all tested parts of the James Webb Space Telescope will be sent to Northrop Grumman for final assembly and testing. Afterwards, the new James Webb Space Telescope will be shipped to French Guiana for launch.
The $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is projected to be able to peer into the universe as it was 13 billion years ago. Its impressive 21-foot gold-coated mirror array is touted to be able to collect light seven times more than what Hubble was able to do, as well as scan the infrared spectrum allowing it to "see" through space dust, Engadget reported.
Humanity was given unparalleled peeps into the vastness of the universe by the Hubble telescope, but the far more powerful model will soon replace it. NASA reported that the optical and science segment of the James Webb Space Telescope is now complete and standing in one of the largest cleanrooms in the world at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NASA James Webb Space Telescope call to artists
The James Webb Space Telescope has a visually striking appearance. For this reason, NASA hosted a special event on Nov. 2, 2016 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and invited artists to attend the event. According to NASA, the goal of the event was to allow artists to set up their supplies for their artistic mediums right in front of the telescope and will be given ample time to create.
All artists were invited including those who work in non-visual artistic media. The works are intended to be displayed in an online gallery, in addition, NASA also looking at the possibility of conducting a live event to display the created works.
See the video below to have a glimpse of where in the development stage the James Webb Telescope is at present.