According to a NASA scientist, James Webb Space Telescope will quickly attain its ultimate vacation spot and assist work out tips on how to save Earth.
NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope simply days in the past and it’ll attain its ultimate location in lower than two week’s time. It will orbit the Sun not like its iconic predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits the Earth. Also referred to as the Webb Space Telescope, it’s the most superior house laboratory created within the historical past of Earth. And as soon as it reaches its ultimate vacation spot, it’ll inform us concerning the a part of house by no means seen earlier than. An essential a part of its mission is to search out Venus-like planets in several photo voltaic methods to determine the trigger and sample of runaway greenhouse gasses and the way they contribute in direction of creating international warming.
Stephen Kane, an astrophysicist working with UC Riverside is without doubt one of the scientists assigned on this mission. Apart from the Webb mission, he’s additionally working with NASA on a mission to Venus which is anticipated to launch after 2028.
The James Webb Space Telescope was developed by NASA and launched in house on December twenty fifth 2021. It is a way more highly effective telescope in comparison with the Hubble Space Telescope. For occasion, Hubble Telescope’s main mirror is round eight toes in diameter whereas Webb Telescope’s main mirror is greater than 21 toes throughout. Additionally, as a substitute of working at optical wavelengths like Hubble Telescope does, James Webb Telescope is designed to see infrared gentle with excessive sensitivity.
How NASA will use James Webb Space Telescope to Solve Global Warming Problem
Kane explains that there’s a essential motive behind NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope monitoring Venus-like planets.
“Venus could be described as a runaway greenhouse hellscape. It has surface temperatures of up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, no water, and floats in a nest of sulfuric acid clouds. In my work, I’m trying to answer two questions: 1) how did Venus get to be the way it is? and 2) how commonly does this hellish state occur elsewhere,” Kane advised Scitechdaily in an interview.
While the 2028 Venus mission is aimed to reply the primary query by learning Venus itself, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was launched to reply the second query. The telescope will measure the environment of planets exterior of our photo voltaic system and discover out whether or not nearly all of the planets are extra like Earth or Venus. In essence, it’ll give the NASA scientists an concept of how usually a planet reveals Venus-like environment within the recognized universe. According to Kane, it will assist us perceive if Venus’ environment goes to be Earth’s future.
Kane additional explains that whereas Venus’ environment shouldn’t be as a consequence of man-made interventions, the impact is just about the identical. So, understanding how Venus-like planets have been shaped may assist Earth in taking preventive measures in opposition to it.
The current assumption round Venus is that it was not all the time within the state it’s now. Scientists consider that the planet had water earlier. The assumption relies on the explanation that Venus rotates slowly which might create the precise circumstances for clouds to type and funky the floor to create water. NASA’s James Webb Telescope is now going to search out out concerning the origin of Venus-like environment and what triggers a planet to turn into a full-blown greenhouse planet.