Inside the building of Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenblet, Maryland scientists of National Aeronautics Space Administration are building the most powerful telescope that has ever been created.
They are building the James Webb Space Telescope which will become the largest space observatory that will have 100 times the power of viewing than Hubble Space Telescope.
“The telescope’s sensitivity and wide view will enable a large-scale search for exoplanets by monitoring the brightness of millions of stars in the crowded central region of our galaxy. The survey will net thousands of new exoplanets similar in size and distance from their star as those in our own solar system, complementing the work started by NASA’s Kepler mission and the upcoming work of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite,” NASA mentioned on their website.
This is NASA’s formal astrophysics mission designed to help unlock secrets of the universe and they have named it – the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).
WFIRST is expected to help researchers in their efforts to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore the evolution of the cosmos. It also will discover new worlds outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life.
The telescope will be launched in October 2018.
Watch NASA scientists explain the telescope right here: