The Webb Space Telescope model rose into the sky, enticing viewers with its promise of new cosmic wonders. At the World Science Festival in New York City, the life-sized model was a draw for both the technologically inclined and scientifically curious. While telescope experts and astronomers gave a rundown of Webb?s capabilities, visitors explored the promise of the next big leap in orbiting observatories. Webb's enormous size and distant orbit will allow it to see infrared light with a previously unachieved clarity, opening the path to new visions of the universe.
Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute; Mike McClare, NASA GSFC.
The World Science Festival
Time-lapse videos of the model being built in Battery Park
More pictures of the Webb Telescope model