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James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST) is a large, infrared-optimized space telescope. The project is working to a 2018 launch date. Webb will find the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe, connecting the Big Bang to our own MIlky Way Glaxy. Webb will peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems, connecting the Milky Way to our own Solar System. Webb's instruments are designed to work primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, with some capability in the visible range. Webb will have a large primary mirror, 6.5 meters (21.3 feet) in diameter and a sunshield the size of a tennis court. Both the mirror and sunshade won't fit onto the Ariane 5 rocket fully open, so both will fold up and open once Webb is in outer space. Webb will operate in an orbit about 1.5 million km (1 million miles) from the Earth. The James Webb Space Telescope was named after the NASA Administrator who crafted Apollo program, and who was a staunch supporter of space science.

link to gallery item Deployment Animation

Deployment Animation
link to gallery item Deployment Segments  less than br greater than and Beauty Animations

Deployment Segments
and Beauty Animations
link to gallery item Webb Spacecraft Animations 2

Webb Spacecraft Animations 2
link to gallery item Deployment Animation less than br greater than with Flight Path less than br greater than and Deploy Sequence

Deployment Animation
with Flight Path
and Deploy Sequence

link to gallery item Re-Ionization Era Simulation

Re-Ionization Era Simulation
link to gallery item Galaxy Collision Simulation

Galaxy Collision Simulation
link to gallery item Planetary Systems and  less than br greater than  Origins of Life Simulation

Planetary Systems and
Origins of Life Simulation
link to gallery item Galaxy Formation Simulation

Galaxy Formation Simulation

link to gallery item Webb Instrument Animations

Webb Instrument Animations

link to gallery item Webb vs. Hubble Mirror less than br greater than  Size Comparison

Webb vs. Hubble Mirror
Size Comparison
link to gallery item Webb Telescope less than br greater than orbit

Webb Telescope
orbit

link to gallery item First Flight Mirrors less than br greater than Arrive at NASA

First Flight Mirrors
Arrive at NASA
link to gallery item Webb Mirror less than br greater than Polishing

Webb Mirror
Polishing
link to gallery item Webb Mirror less than br greater than Gold Coating

Webb Mirror
Gold Coating
link to gallery item Flight Mirror less than br greater than Cryogenic Testing at MSFC

Flight Mirror
Cryogenic Testing at MSFC
link to gallery item Secondary Mirror less than br greater than Arrives at Goddard

Secondary Mirror
Arrives at Goddard

link to gallery item MIRI Arrival less than br greater than NASA GSFC

MIRI Arrival
NASA GSFC
link to gallery item MIRI less than br greater than ESA B-roll

MIRI
ESA B-roll
link to gallery item NIRCam Arrives less than br greater than at NASA GSFC

NIRCam Arrives
at NASA GSFC
link to gallery item NIRSpec Instument less than br greater than Arrives at NASA

NIRSpec Instument
Arrives at NASA
link to gallery item FGS/NIRISS Installation less than br greater than into the ISIM Structure

FGS/NIRISS Installation
into the ISIM Structure
link to gallery item NIRCam Integration B-roll

NIRCam Integration B-roll
link to gallery item NIRSpec Integration B-Roll

NIRSpec Integration B-Roll

link to gallery item ISIM Completes Cryo Test

ISIM Completes Cryo Test
link to gallery item JSC Chamber A b-roll

JSC Chamber A b-roll
link to gallery item COCOA B-roll

COCOA B-roll
link to gallery item Space Environment Simulator less than br greater than Time Lapse

Space Environment Simulator
Time Lapse
link to gallery item ISIM into SES less than br greater than for second cryo test

ISIM into SES
for second cryo test
link to gallery item Primary Mirror Assembly less than br greater than  and Intergration Fixture B-roll

Primary Mirror Assembly
and Intergration Fixture B-roll

link to gallery item Full Scale Model Construction less than br greater than in Battery Park, NY

Full Scale Model Construction
in Battery Park, NY

link to gallery item Webb Telescope Mission  less than br greater than Movie Trailer

Webb Telescope Mission
Movie Trailer
link to gallery item Planetary Studies  less than br greater than Webb Science Feature

Planetary Studies
Webb Science Feature
link to gallery item Evolution of the Universe less than br greater than Webb Science Feature

Evolution of the Universe
Webb Science Feature
link to gallery item Planetary Evolution less than br greater than Webb Science Feature

Planetary Evolution
Webb Science Feature
link to gallery item Colliding Galaxies less than br greater than Webb Science Feature

Colliding Galaxies
Webb Science Feature
link to gallery item Galaxy Evolution less than br greater than Webb Science Feature

Galaxy Evolution
Webb Science Feature
link to gallery item Webb Mirror Testing at Marshall

Webb Mirror Testing at Marshall
link to gallery item NASA Completes Mirror less than br greater than Polishing

NASA Completes Mirror
Polishing
link to gallery item NIRCamETU Arrives less than br greater than at Goddard

NIRCamETU Arrives
at Goddard
link to gallery item Fine Guidance Sensor ETU less than br greater than Arrives at Goddard

Fine Guidance Sensor ETU
Arrives at Goddard
link to gallery item FGS and NIRISS integrated less than br greater than into ISIM Time Lapse

FGS and NIRISS integrated
into ISIM Time Lapse
link to gallery item Assembly Arm Test

Assembly Arm Test
link to gallery item Chamber A less than br greater than Readies for Webb

Chamber A
Readies for Webb
link to gallery item Secondary Mirror less than br greater than Arrival at NASA GSFC

Secondary Mirror
Arrival at NASA GSFC
link to gallery item ISIM Completes First less than br greater than Cryo Test

ISIM Completes First
Cryo Test
link to gallery item John Mather Lecture

John Mather Lecture
link to gallery item COCOA Readies for less than br greater than Cryogenic Test

COCOA Readies for
Cryogenic Test
link to gallery item Cal Poly Students Build less than br greater than Deployable Webb Model

Cal Poly Students Build
Deployable Webb Model
link to gallery item NIRCam Instrument less than br greater than Arrives at GSFC

NIRCam Instrument
Arrives at GSFC
link to gallery item NIRCam Integration less than br greater than Video Snap Shot

NIRCam Integration
Video Snap Shot
link to gallery item NIRSpec Integration less than br greater than Video Snap Shot

NIRSpec Integration
Video Snap Shot
link to gallery item Microshutters Moved  less than br greater than for Testing

Microshutters Moved
for Testing
link to gallery item ISIM moves for 2nd Cryogenic Test

ISIM moves for 2nd Cryogenic Test

link to gallery item Sunshield Deploy Test less than br greater than Time Lapse

Sunshield Deploy Test
Time Lapse


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