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Unfold the Universe is a limited time event which focuses on the James Webb Telescope. It features 6 generators and 35 upgrades that produce Honeycomb Mirrors Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe as their currency.

Story[]

Opening[]

"What is it about the sky that excites so much curiosity in humans? What do they hope to see up there?"

Ending[]

"When united by a common goal, humanity is capable of great accomplishments. Missions like the James Webb Space Telescope enable the human spirit of curiosity to reach ever farther into the cosmos."

Objectives & Rewards[]

Unfold the Universe (Objective)

The requirements that have to be completed in order to get all rewards.

Explore James Webb Telescope (9 Requirements)

  1. Collect 25 Ground TelescopeLogit ConsoleLogit Console 5
  2. Collect NamingLogit ConsoleLogit Console 6
  3. Collect Development James Webb Space Telescope Badge
  4. Collect Galactic BirthLogit ConsoleLogit Console 7
  5. Collect ConstructionLogit ConsoleLogit Console 8
  6. Collect Launch Christmas Launch Badge
  7. Collect Hexagonal MirrorsLogit ConsoleLogit Console 10
  8. Collect Sunshield UnfoldingLogit ConsoleLogit Console 14
  9. Collect First Images Mirror Array Badge

Badges[]

This exploration holds some rewards already mentioned above. The main ones being these three badges: Bronze: James Webb Space Telescope, Silver: Christmas Launch and Gold: Mirror Array which have an effect on all other evolutionary branches, speeding up every simulation by 1%, and also speeding up production in future Unfold the Universe simulations by 5, 10 and 15% respectively.

Unfold the Universe Badges

James Webb Space Telescope[]

"The latest and greatest space telescope has the goal of photographing parts of the universe previously unseen by human beings."

Christmas Launch[]

"Heavily anticipated and anxiously awaited, the Christmas Day launch of the Webb Telescope went off without a hitch."

Mirror Array[]

"The Webb Telescope's most striking feature, this set of many gold-plated mirrors reflect the Sun's light and enable us to photograph new corners of the universe."

Generators[]

The Unfold the Universe event features six generators which produce the event currency Honeycomb Mirrors Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe.

Honeycomb Mirrors[]

Icon Name Description Base Cost Base Production Requires
Ground Telescope Ground Telescope The earliest stargazers made their observations with nothing but the naked eye. Magnifying telescopes opened up whole new vistas - from simple handheld spyglasses to mountaintop observatories that can detect wavelengths invisible to humans. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 15 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1/sec Look to the Stars
Hubble Telescope Hubble Telescope At its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope, named for astronomer Edwin Hubble, was the most powerful telescope ever built. Still in use today, it gave us some of the most iconic images of faraway galaxies and spectacular nebulas. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2,500 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 16/sec Space Telescope
James Webb Telescope James Webb Telescope The Next Generation Space Telescope project gave birth to the James Webb Space Telescope, one of the most ambitious feats of astronomical engineering ever laid by Hubble, it introduced Manu significant innovations. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 50,000 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 160/sec Hubble's Successor
Development Development It took 25 years to complete the James Webb telescope, from its conception in 1996 to launch in 2021. Many new technologies needed to be invented along the way. An incredibly ambitious undertaking, it took vast amounts of money, labor, and time to get the job done. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 6.00 E7 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 16,000/sec Mission Objectives
Construction Construction The James Webb Telescope is one of a kind. A host of innovations, like its infrared imaging and unique folding design, make it the most powerful telescope ever built. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.50 E10 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.40 E6/sec Funding
Launch Launch The James Webb Telescope's nail-biting launch from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana was only the start of its journey. After the drama of liftoff, Webb settled in for a long commute to its destination and the careful process of unfolding in preperation for work. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.20 E11 Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.00 E7/sec Delayed Launch
Infrared Visibility

Upgrades[]

Miscellaneous Effects[]

Icon Name Description Cost Effect Requires
Unfold the Universe Look to the Stars Look to the Stars We have always looked to the stars with wonder. Curiosity about the cosmos inspires astounding feats of human ingenuity and collaboration, as we strive to see farther and better than ever before. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 10 - -

Ground Telescope Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe Space Telescope Space Telescope Ground-based observatories have to contend with air and light pollution, satellites and orbital junk, and the atmosphere itself muddying the view. Rising above it all, telescopes in space get a much clearer picture. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 150 100% Ground Telescope
Unfold the Universe Origins Origins In 1946, astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer made the first proposals for a telescope in space. He later collaborated with astronomer Nancy Grace Roman to develop the Hubble Space Telescope. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 700 100% Space Telescope

Hubble Telescope Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe Repair Mission Repair Mission A flaw in Hubble's main mirror meant it can't resolve images properly at launch. After three years of fuzzy photos, NASA sent a crew to perform delicate orbital repairs in 1993. Four other manned missions have since visited to serivce the telescope. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 10,000 100% Hubble Telescope
Unfold the Universe Landmark Discoveries Landmark Discoveries Hubble's observations have yielded many breakthroughs in astrophysics. They revealed new celestial objects, located black holes at the centers of galaxies, and helped determine the age of the universe. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 20,000 50% Repair Mission
Unfold the Universe Hubble's Successor Hubble's Successor As Hubble grew older, astronomers recognized the need for a newer, more high-tech successor. In 1996, The Next Generation Space Telescope project was concieved. It would be bigger, more powerful, and more advanced than its predecessor. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 50,000 50% Landmark Discoveries
Unfold the Universe Distance From Earth Distance From Earth Unlike Hubble, Webb won't orbit Earth - instead, it will orbit the Sun, 1.5 million km from home. This meant the launch had to go exactly as planned, since repairs will be impossible once the telescope is in space. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 500,000 200% Landmark Discoveries
Unfold the Universe Size Comparison Size Comparison The Webb Telescope boasts a primary mirror over six times the size of Hubble's. Yet thanks to the advances in material science over the intervening decades, it comes in at only half the mass. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 7.00 E6 200% Distance From Earth

James Webb Telescope Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe James E. Webb James E. Webb James E. Webb was NASA's administrator from 1961-1968 and oversaw the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. He used his many political connections to successfully lobby for funding, resources, and support for the space program. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 200,000 100% James Webb Telescope
Unfold the Universe Naming Naming Originally known as the Next Generation Space Telescope, the project was renamed to honor James E. Webb in 2002. Webb's leadership helped establish scientific research and innovation as core goals of NASA. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 3.00 E6 100% James E. Webb
Unfold the Universe Mission Objectives Mission Objectives Originally known as the Next Generation Space Telescope, the project was renamed to honor James E. Webb in 2002. Webb's leadership helped establish scientific research and innovation as core goals of NASA. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 3.00 E7 100% James Webb Telescope
Unfold the Universe Mission Length Mission Length Webb's mission is planned for at least five years, though it may be able to continue making observations for up to 10 years. It carries enough propellant to last 20 years in orbit, raising hopes for an active retirement. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 7.50 E7 150% Mission Objectives
Unfold the Universe Cleared Name Cleared Name Concerns were raised implicating James Webb in the Lavender Scare, a discriminatory purging of LGBT+ federal employees in the 1950s. When an investigation turned up no evidence of his direct involvement, NASA chose not to remove his name from the project. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 4.00 E8 250% Naming
Unfold the Universe International Collaboration International Collaboration The Webb Telescope wasn't created by NASA alone. The European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency both contributed funding, equipment, and launch facilities for the mission. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.50 E9 200% James Webb Telescope
Unfold the Universe Budget Budget Initially budgeted at $1 billion, Webb's final price tag was a whopping $9.7 billion. Rigorous testing requirements and the need to keep up with advancing technology ticked up the cost over time. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 6.00 E9 100% James Webb Telescope
Development
Unfold the Universe Ground Support Ground Support Ground support for the Webb mission will be provided by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. The lab will distribute data gathered by the telescope and accept observation proposals from all over the world. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 4.00 E12 100000% Launch
International Collaboration

Development Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe Black Holes Black Holes Black holes are one of the great enigmas of the cosmos. The Webb Telescope will turn its gaze on the center of the Milky Way, where the enormous black hole Sagittarius A* lies. Astronomers hope that Webb's advanced imaging abilities can begin to reveal its secrets. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.00 E8 100% Development
Unfold the Universe Galactic Birth Galactic Birth Webb will study events from early in the universe's history, when the first galaxies took shape. Astronomers have warring theories about how this happened, and Webb's discoveries may finally put the debate to rest. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.20 E9 100% Black Holes
Unfold the Universe Funding Funding Space missions have a history of going over budget. Costs are tough to predict for a unique, never-before-seen piece of equipment, and technological progress rarely comes cheap. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.50 E10 200% Development
Budget
Unfold the Universe Seeking Exoplanets Seeking Exoplanets One of Webb's aims is to discover new planets outside our solar system, called exoplanets. These alien biomes can teach us about how planets form - and we might even find worlds that resemble our own. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.0 E10 100% Galactic Birth
Unfold the Universe Averted Cancellation Averted Cancellation The U.S. House of Representatives nearly cancelled development on the project in 2011, but backtracked after an international outcry. They settled for capping the budget at $8.8 billion, which was promptly exceeded by nearly $2 billion. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 5.00 E10 100% Funding
Unfold the Universe Delayed Launch Delayed Launch Webb's launch was delayed many times. Setbacks included a tear in the sunshield during a test launch, a significant redesign in 2005, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.20 E11 100% Averted Cancellation

Construction Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe Infrared Visibility Infrared Visibility The Webb Telescope doesn't use visible light - instead, it collects light at longer wavelengths in the infrared range. This lets it see objects dating back to the birth of the universe, 100x fainter than those observed by Hubble. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 3.00 E10 50% Construction
Unfold the Universe Micro Shutters Micro Shutters The Webb Telescope has a much wider field of view than any of its predecessors. Instead of focusing on one thing at a time, a new micro-shutter technology developed just for Webb lets it observe hundreds of objects at once, without repositioning. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 9.00 E10 100% Construction
Unfold the Universe Dangerous Heat Dangerous Heat The Webb Telescope needs to be kept extremely cold, or its own heat would overwhelm the sensitive infrared detectors. A huge, kite-shaped shield blocks out the sun's rays and keeps the telescope at a chilly 50 Kelvin. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.50 E11 50% Infrared Visibility
Unfold the Universe Sunshield Sunshield Webb's tennis court-sized [sic] sunshield is a critical part of the mission. Each of the shield's five layers is made from aluminum and silicon-coated polyamide film and is as thin as a human hair. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 5.00 E11 50% Dangerous Heat
Unfold the Universe Hexagonal Mirrors Hexagonal Mirrors Webb's impressive primary mirror spans 6.5 m in diameter. An array of 18 smaller hexagons made of gold-plated beryllium, it resembles a shiny golden honeycomb. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.50 E12 150% Micro Shutters

Launch Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
Unfold the Universe Christmas Launch Christmas Launch The Webb Telescope was originally planned to launch in 2007, but successive delays postponed it until December 25, 2021. The much anticipated, high-stakes Christmas Day launch was ultimately a success: NASA described it as "flawless". Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.00 E12 100% Launch
Unfold the Universe Journey to L2 Journey to L2 The James Webb Telescope will orbit 1.5 million km away from Earth, at Lagrange Point 2. Lagrange points are spots where the forces of gravity from two bodies, in this case the Earth and the Sun, are perfectly balanced. Here the telescope can hold steady relative to Earth. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.50 E12 200% Christmas Launch
Unfold the Universe Sunshield Unfolding Sunshield Unfolding It took 13 days for the Webb Telescope to unfurl completely, a complex dance with many steps. The unfolding of the sunshield was a particulaly tense moment, as there were problems with this phase in testing. Fortunately, it went off without a hitch. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.20 E13 100% Journey to L2
Sunshield
Unfold the Universe Mirrors Unfolding Mirrors Unfolding The Webb Telescope's mirror would have been too large to fit on any current launch vehicle in one piece, so its compact design uses smaller mirrors that unfold and fit together in space. Tiny mechanical motors shift minutely to perfectly focus each mirror segment. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 2.00 E13 100% Sunshield Unfolding
Hexagonal Mirrors
Unfold the Universe Secondary Mirrors Secondary Mirrors With the sunshield in place, the next step in Webb's deployment was unfolding the secondary mirror. This mirror, which sits behind the primary mirror, helps focus light and deliver a clearer image. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 4.00 E13 200% Mirrors Unfolding
Unfold the Universe Primary Mirrors Primary Mirrors The gold mirrors of the Optical Telescope Element collect light from far-off stars and galaxies. The bigger the mirrors, the more light they reflect, and the more detail the telescope can observe - and Webb's 6.5-meter array is one of the largest ever. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 9.00 E13 200% Mirrors Unfolding
Unfold the Universe Warm-Up Period Warm-Up Period After settling in position, Webb won't start taking pictures right away. It needs at least five months to cool down enough for the infrared imaging to function. In the meantime, testing and calibration will keep the telescope busy. Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 3.00 E14 300% Primary Mirrors
Secondary Mirrors
Unfold the Universe First Images First Images On July 11th 2022, NASA and U.S. President Joe Biden presented the first ever James Webb Telescope image to the public. It was the deepest and most detailed picture of our universe to date, showcasing the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723. Truly a sight to behold! Unfold the UniverseUnfold the Universe 1.00 E15 100% Warm-Up Period

Trivia[]

  • This event is one of several to be modified after its public release, with the First Images upgrade getting a new description.
    • The upgrade “Seeking Exoplanets” depicts an image of Janssen, which was later added to the Beyond in Episode 20: Strange Worlds.
  • On December 1st, 2023 at 15:00 UTC, in honor of Pioneer 10's 50th anniversary to its closest approach to Jupiter, the James Webb Telescope Exploration have return to all simulations until Dec 6, 2023 at 15:00 UTC.
  • The direct upgrade line linking from Look to the Stars to First Images are highlighted, being the first event of its kind to do this.

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