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The Canadian Space Agency has unveiled its contributions to the space telescope that will replace the Hubble — a highly precise camera and a sensor.
NASA's James Webb space telescope will be seven times bigger than the Hubble, allowing it to peer deeper into the universe. The Webb telescope will have an array of mirrors seven-metres across, and the Canadian-made camera will be the key to directing those mirrors.
"Our cameras are capable of noticing changes in the direction of the telescope of one millionth of a degree," said John Hutchings of the National Research Council of Canada. "That is looking from one side of a dime to the other, placed 1,000 kilometres away."
NASA officials say the Fine Guidance Censor (FGS) will be the way in which scientists can get results from the new telescope.
The Canadian contribution will also include a sensor, called NERIS, that can look at the earliest and faintest objects in the history of the universe while also analyzing atmospheres of faraway planets.