NASA’s new telescope ‘parks up’ by Moon after million mile journey in one month

NASA's high-tech new James Webb telescope has reached its final destination after travelling a million miles in just less than a month.

The £7.5bn telescope, which was launched on Christmas Day, has travelled beyond the Moon to its parking spot in space, called 'L2'.

From here, NASA will spend the next five months setting up the telescope's equipment in time for June, when it will start taking some of the most detailed photos ever of deep space.

If successful, the telescope will bring us "one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe," according to NASA administrator Bill Nelson.

Thanks to the Webb's incredible camera lens technology, it will be able to scan the most distant galaxies in the universe and even look for alien life using infrared imagery.

Everything rests on the success of the next few months, which will see the telescope unfold its mirrors and sunshield.

However, unlike the Hubble telescope which has received multiple repairs in its 32-year history, NASA won't be able to repair the Webb if it runs into any trouble because of how far away it is.

The space agency has discussed the possibility of sending a robot up there to refuel it, but this would be another multi-billion pound mission.

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The James Webb telescope is designed to replace the Hubble Space Telescope.

Launched in 1990, Hubble was only supposed to last for fifteen years, but thanks to multiple repair and servicing missions, it is still going strong in 2022.

It is famous for producing spectacular images of deep space and broadening our understanding of the universe.

Hubble is due to be decommissioned in 2030, when it will be deliberately crashed into Earth's atmosphere and burned up before it touches the ground.

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