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Nasa launches space telescope

Nasa launches space telescope

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a revolutionary instrument built to peer the farthest yet into the cosmos, was launched by rocket early Saturday from South America’s northeastern coast, opening a much anticipated new era of astronomical exploration.

The powerful $9 billion infrared telescope, hailed by NASA as the premiere space-science observatory of the next decade, was carried aloft inside the cargo bay of an Ariane 5 rocket that blasted off at about 7:30 AM EST (1230 GMT) from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) launch base in French Guiana.

 The launch was carried live on a joint NASA-ESA webcast, according to Indian Express.  Coasting through space for two more weeks, the Webb telescope will reach its destination in solar orbit 1 million miles from Earth – about four times farther away than the moon.