Sometimes I have the feeling I am always on the road … one trip after another, a city, a hotel. In several occasions, the situation can be a little confusing. Anyhow, I Have arrived this morning to Leuven, a beautiful university town in Belgium. A difficult day, since I had to get up at 4AM and I have to give a talk The reason? A workshop related to one of the instruments for the successor of the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope. An European consortium, in collaboration with our American counterparts, has been working for quite few years on the Mid-Infrared Instrument, a wonderful but complex piece of state-of-the-art technology which will work from 5 to 28 micron, beyond what the human eye can see.
The JWST will be launched in 2013, so not so much time reminds. It its 6.5 meter primary mirror (actually, a complex structure of multiple mirrors), will provide an unprecedent sensitivity and spatial resolution. We can say that a new universe might be revealed. Meanwhile, different international teams keep working on the development of the instrumentation on-board and on the preparation of different scientific programs. Amazing discoverings are awaiting us!