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  • The James Webb Space Telescope Mission Overview
    2020.01.14
    The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful and most technologically challenging space telescope ever built. The Webb Telescope is so large; it must be folded like origami to fit inside its rocket fairing for the ride into space. Once in space, unfolding and readying Webb for science is a complex process that will take about six months. Webb is designed to see the most distant galaxies in the Universe and study how galaxies evolved over cosmic time. Webb will study planets orbiting other stars looking for the chemical signatures of the building blocks of life. Webb will also study planets within our own solar system. The Webb Telescope Mission is an international space telescope program led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
  • Webb Telescope Deployment Sequence and Spacecraft Flight Path
    2014.04.23
    Animation showing the James Webb Telescope's flight path and deployment sequence.
  • James Webb Space Telescope Orbit
    2020.02.11
    The James Webb Space Telescope will not be in orbit around the Earth, like the Hubble Space Telescope is - it will actually orbit the Sun, 1.5 million kilometers (1 million miles) away from the Earth at what is called the second Lagrange point or L2. What is special about this orbit is that it lets the telescope stay in line with the Earth as it moves around the Sun. This allows the satellite's large sunshield to protect the telescope from the light and heat of the Sun and Earth (and Moon).
  • Webb Science Instrument Animations
    2020.02.05
    Animations of James Webb Space Telescope Instruments
  • Folding the Webb Telescope to Fit Inside Ariane 5 Rockete Fairing
    2020.02.11
    Animation showing the Webb Space Telescope folding to fit inside the Ariane 5 rocket fairing.
  • Primary Mirror Size Comparison Between Webb and Hubble
    2020.01.14
    The James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror is 6.5 meters (21 feet 4-inches) across. The Hubble Space Telescope primary mirror is 2.4 meters (8-feet) across. The Webb Telescope's longest segment is its sunshield at 21.18 meters (69.5 feet) long. The Hubble Space Telescope is 13.2 meters (43.5 feet) long.
  • Webb Primary Mirror Installation Time Lapse
    2016.02.05
    A time lapse video showing the installation of the 18 mirror segments of James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror. The time lapse master used to create this video contains more than 160,000 images. If these images were played in sequence at a common video speed of 30 frames a second, the total run time would be one hour and 20 mintues long. This is an edited version of that master.
  • JWST's Sunshield Full Deploy Test Time Lapse
    2015.02.13
    A major test of the sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was conducted in July 2014 by Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, Calif. For the first time, the five sunshield test layers were unfolded and separated; unveiling important insights for the engineers and technicians as to how the deployment will take place when the telescope launches into space. The sunshield will allow the telescope to cool down to a temperature below 50 Kelvin (equal to -370 degree F, or -223 degree C) by passively radiating its heat into space.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope is now an Assembled Observatory
    2019.10.09
    Engineers from NASA and Northrop Grumman have successfully integrated the James Webb Space Telescope's optical telescope element and spacecraft element together at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. Thus completing the construction of the most complex and powerful telescope ever built. Webb will explore the cosmos using infrared light from planets and moons within our solar system to the earliest and most distant galaxies. Next up for Webb; Deploying the five-layer sunshield designed to keep Webb's mirror and scientific instruments super cold.
  • The James Webb Space Telescope Mission Overview
    2020.01.14
    The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most powerful and most technologically challenging space telescope ever built. The Webb Telescope is so large; it must be folded like origami to fit inside its rocket fairing for the ride into space. Once in space, unfolding and readying Webb for science is a complex process that will take about six months. Webb is designed to see the most distant galaxies in the Universe and study how galaxies evolved over cosmic time. Webb will study planets orbiting other stars looking for the chemical signatures of the building blocks of life. Webb will also study planets within our own solar system. The Webb Telescope Mission is an international space telescope program led by NASA with its partners, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
  • Time-Lapse Video of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Assembly, and Sunshield Deployment
    2020.02.26
    This time-lapse video reveals NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is now a fully assembled observatory, and is accomplishing large scale deployments and movements that it will perform while in space. In 2019, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope celebrated the full mechanical and electrical assembly of the world's largest, most powerful space science observatory ever built. Meaning that Webb's two halves have been physically put together and its wiring harnesses and electrical interfaces have been connected. Following assembly, the Webb team moved on to successfully send deployment and tensioning commands to all five layers of its sunshield, which is designed to protect the observatory's mirrors and scientific instruments from light and heat, primarily from the Sun. Ensuring mission success for an observatory of this scale and complexity is a challenging endevour. All of the telescope's major components have been tested individually through simulated environments they would encounter during launch, and while orbiting a million miles away from earth. Now that Webb is fully assembled, it must meet rigorous observatory-level standards. The complete spacecraft reacts and performs differently to testing environments than when its components are tested individually. The 1:00 minute video was created by NASA's videographers and filmed over a period of time at Northrop Grumman's clean room in Redondo Beach, California. Following Webb's successful sunshield deployment and tensioning test, members have nearly finished the long process of perfectly folding the sunshield back into its stowed position for flight, which occupies a much smaller space than when it is fully deployed. Then, the observatory will be subject to comprehensive electrical tests and one more set of mechanical tests that emulate the launch acoustic and vibration environment, followed by one final deployment and stowing cycle on the ground, before its flight into space.
  • The 20-foot Solar Array Powering the James Webb Space Telescope
    2019.05.15
    The James Webb Space Telescope's 20-foot solar array will provide all the power the observatory needs, by converting sunlight into electricity. Webb's solar array is its first and most important deployment. The small yet effective array will release itself like an accordian to a straightened configuration shortly after launch. The power it creates will help operate the telescope's propulsion and communication subsystems, as well as its scientific instruments.