Webb Telescope Structure transport to Goddard Space Flight Center
Webb Telescope's telescope structure arrived at Joint Base Andrews on Monday, August 24, 2015 aboard a U.S. Air Force C-5 cargo plane. The telescope structure, inside the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea (STTARS) container, is off-loaded from the C-5 and carefully transported to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. At Goddard, the container is moved into the cleanroom and opened in preparation for the removal of the telescope structure.
The James Webb Space Telescope's telescope structure is a large composite structure that holds and supports Webb's hexagonal mirrors and instruments. The structure supports the weight of the 21-foot (6.5 m) diameter mirror, and 5300 lbs (2400 kg) of telescope optics and instruments.