New mirror in space – level 2

13-01-2022 15:00

Two weeks ago, NASA launched a rocket from South America, and the rocket took a piece of a big mirror into space. The mirror was a part of the James Webb Space Telescope.

The part was so big that experts folded it, or it would not fit inside the rocket. The mirror is made from gold plates, and it was 6.5 meters wide. It was the shape of a flower. The most dangerous part was to unfold and fit the last plate. It was a successful operation, and the telescope was finally ready.

The telescope cost 10 billion dollars to build, and it is more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope. It will scan space, and it will focus on stars and galaxies, which are more than 13 billion years old.

Difficult words: fold (to make something smaller by laying parts of it over the other parts), operation (a complicated action or activity of a person or machine), scan (to look at something carefully).

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