Designing Webb

  • Released Thursday, July 13th, 2023
  • Updated Wednesday, July 19th, 2023 at 2:18PM

The James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful space telescope ever made and the most complex one yet designed. Did you know that the telescope's history stretches back before the Hubble Space Telescope was launched? This video explores the various early concept designs for Webb, including the criteria and the players. Learn more about Webb's final design, how it evolved, and how the completed telescope was tested and prepared for its historic launch.

Designing Webb Feature

Attention to Detail, (C) 2022, Model Music [PRS], Paul Richard O'Brien [PRS] Theo Maximilian Goble [PRS]

Conceptual Scheme, (C) 2021, Koka Media [SACEM], Universal Production Music France [SACEM], Laurent Dury [SACEM]

Moving Forward, (C) 2021, Atmosphere Music Ltd. [PRS], Mark Russell [PRS]

Relentless Data, (C) 2020, Atmosphere Music Ltd. [PRS], Jay Price [PRS]

Life Cycles, (C) 2016, Atmosphere Music Ltd. [PRS], Theo Golding [PRS]


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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