The James Webb Space Telescope, or the "first light" machine, is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the premier observatory
of the next decade. It will be a giant step forward in the human quest to understand our place in the Universe.
Hanging in the darkness of space a million miles from Earth, the Webb Telescope will examine every phase of our history: from the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. Webb will be the premier space observatory for astronomers worldwide, extending the tantalizing discoveries of the Hubble Space
The telescope is 3-stories high and as wide as a tennis court and is actually larger than the rocket launching it. The telescope will be folded like an origami or a flower to fit into the rocket and will open like a transformer in outer space. The Webb Telescope will reside in an orbit about 1 million miles from the Earth. It will be the largest space telescope ever.