Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space?

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Duration: 2 minutes, 17 seconds

You can see this video here, on the MinutePhysics YouTube channel.

Why do we launch telescopes high above Earth’s atmosphere? This video showcases all the benefits of placing our scientific instruments hundreds to millions of miles away from our own planet’s influence.

To see how the Webb telescope will get to its final destination at the second Lagrange point (L2), see the "Webb Telescope Deployment Sequence" video in the Related Videos section of this page.

Illustrative, James Webb Telescope, Planetary Atmospheres/Weather, Telescopes


Created by Henry Reich for MinutePhysics

Thanks to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project at the Space Telescope Science Institute for supporting this video.

Music by Nathaniel Schroeder

Publication: September 24, 2015