A life-size model of a huge new space observatory described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is on display at the World Science Festival at New York City's Battery Park.
The gigantic telescope model – roughly the size of a tennis court – will be on display at New York City's Battery Park from Tuesday through Sunday, June 6. The actual James Webb Space Telescope is slated to launch in 2014.
"The Webb is the world's next great space telescope, and is the scientific successor to the Hubble," said Sally Koris, spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman, the company contracted by NASA to build the telescope."
The full-scale model on display is constructed mainly of aluminum and steel, and weighs 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg). It measures about 80 feet (24 meters) long, 40 feet (12 meters) wide and 40 feet (12 meters) tall.
The James Webb telescope will observe the universe in long-wavelength infrared light to peer at the most distant objects in the universe, beyond the reach of ground based telescopes or the Hubble observatory. It will study the origins of stars and galaxies in the universe, as well as a host of other cosmic questions.