NASA is discussing a project to create a telescope that will look for aliens. It will succeed the James Webb Space Observatory. This was discussed at the 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, ” writes Space.
According to Mark Klempin, director of NASA’s astrophysics department, it is planned to create a Habitable Worlds Observatory to search for habitable exoplanets. Its space telescope will operate in the infrared, optical and ultraviolet range.
Just like the James Webb orbiting telescope, the observatory will be deployed 1.5 million kilometers from Earth opposite the Sun (the so-called “Lagrange point L2”). The project provides for its further modernization.
To perform an extraterrestrial mission, the observatory will have a superstable telescope with a powerful coronograph. He will study dim objects (rocky planets) around the stars.
Earlier, we reported that NASA has signed a contract with SpaceX to launch the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope mission. The telescope is to study dark matter, dark energy, and exoplanets. The new space telescope, which is scheduled to launch in October 2026, will complement the James Webb Space Observatory.