The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. It will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe. It is planned to be launched on October 31, 2021.
Webb is an orbiting infrared observatory that will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, with longer wavelength coverage and greatly improved sensitivity. The longer wavelengths enable Webb to look much closer to the beginning of time and to hunt for the unobserved formation of the first galaxies, as well as to look inside dust clouds where stars and planetary systems are forming today.
As with all instruments, scientists request time to use it to observe their objects of study. As the instrument time is limited, a scientific committee allocates this time to each one according to the research policy of the mission. Discover the statistics of the first call for proposal.