The James Webb space telescope manages to deploy the antenna with which 60 GB of data will be sent every day

The historical James Webb Space Telescope Launch It was a complete success, but it will take a while for us to finally claim victory, because this unique project will not be fully operational for a few months.

However, we have just received good news: the telescope has succeeded in deploying its transmitting antenna —marked at the bottom of the image—, a critical element of the mission since thanks to this antenna “at least” 28.6 GB of data will be transmitted twice a day.

A great little milestone, but there are still a few more to go

The James Webb was launched on December 25 on an Ariane 5 rocket, and thanks to the official website of the project it is possible to continue your journey up to that point L2 where it will orbit to surprise us with a new perspective on our universe.

In a message on the NASA blog, those responsible for the mission explained that the antenna that has just been deployed “will be used to send at least 28.6 GB of scientific data from the observatory, twice a day

The mission control team was able to confirm the deployment and assembly of the antenna after a process that took about an hour.

This is an important critical milestone in a mission that still has a few months to start sending the first images. It will take 29 days in total to reach Lagrange Point 2, located 1.5 million kilometers from Earth., and throughout that time it will unfold, for example, its mirrors and then position itself.

james webb antenna deployed

You will not go to work as soon as you arrive: before that you will need to carry out numerous tests to calibrate both the mirrors and the optics as well as all the sensors that will help the James Webb to operate perfectly. That will take about six months, so we will still have to be patient before we see the first images captured by the space telescope.

Via |

More information | NASA

Source: Xataka by

*The article has been translated based on the content of Xataka by If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!

*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.

*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!