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James Webb space telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope launched on December 25 has now passed the altitude of the Moon and is cruising on to its destination – the second Lagrange point (L2). JWST will be positioned about a million miles from Earth and will orbit the Sun.

On December 28, at approximately 1:21 pm EST, the James Webb telescope began first step in the sunshield deployment phase. The process was completed at approximately 5:57 am IST on December 29, reports Indian Express.

“While the actual motion to lower the forward pallet from its stowed to its deployed position took only 20 minutes, and the lowering of the aft pallet took only 18 minutes, the overall process took several hours for each because of the dozens of additional steps required,” NASA said in a release.