The extremely high resolution images of NASA James Webb Space telescope are stored in a 68GB SSD storage, which is smaller than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Find out how it manages to take and store such stunning images.
In a shocking development, it has been revealed that the NASA James Webb Space Telescope captures the entire universe in less storage space than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Yes, you read it right the Webb Space Telescope, on July 12, shared high-definition images of deep space. But the matter of attention was that these incredible pictures of the universe are stored by the James Webb Telescope on a mere 68GB SSD (Solid State Drive). So, how does the world’s most powerful telescope survive, a million miles away from Earth, on such low storage space and why does it need to do it? Read on to find out.
NASA James Webb Space Telescope has less storage than the iPhone 13 Pro Max
The NASA James Webb uses only 68GB SSD but it survives using a clever strategy. It stores the data for just a 24-hour period, meaning it cleans out its storage every single day. NASA’s telescope transmits the images back to Earth in two four-hour communication periods before resetting its storage drive. While these communication periods occur way before the drive fills up completely, which would require roughly a day’s time.
However, talking about James Webb Telescope, it is the most powerful space telescope of the world which took a capital of $10 billion to build for the purpose of development and discovery of space. In short, it is expected to look back in time virtually to the beginning of the Big Bang that craeted the universe. It has already taken photos of galaxies from a period over 14 billion years ago.
Hovering at Lagrange Point or L2, roughly 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope is one of the biggest achievements in the field of Space and science for the current generation. But why does it have less storage space than the iPhone 13 Pro Max?
The reason behind it is that taking a large storage drive in space and providing power to it is a tricky affair where the solar panels are the only source of energy. So, to optimize the performance of the instruments of the telescope, a smaller SSD has been placed with regular periods for transmission of data. However, it should be interesting for you to know that this SSD is an upgrade on what the Hubble Space Telescope has.
Comparing James Webb with its predecessor Hubble Telescope, in the matter of storage Hubble transmits 12GB data per day, Whereas, the James Webb telescope transmits 58GB of data every day. The 68GB SSD installed on the James Webb Space Telescope secures 3 percent of the overall capacity for the telescope’s technical and operational data.