Science, Space

Time-lapse Video: The Assembly of the James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror

NASA-(ENEWSPF)- This time-lapse shows the assembly of the primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Assembly was completed on February 3, 2016.

JWST is the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb will study many phases in the history of our universe, including the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets similar to Earth, as well as the evolution of our own solar system. It’s targeted to launch from French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket in 2018. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

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Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

H/T: Dr. Jerry Kriss, STScI