The first two of the 18 primary mirrors to fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Technicians and scientists check out one of those mirrors in the clean room. Image credit: NASA/Mike McClare
The powerful primary mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope, that will be more powerful than Hubble Space Telescope, will be able to detect the light from distant galaxies. The manufacturer of those mirrors, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., recently celebrated their successful efforts as mirror segments were packed up in special shipping canisters (cans) for transferring them to NASA. Image Credit: Ball Aerospace
This is the James Webb Space Telescope at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and the face of project scientist Mark Clampin is reflected in the flight mirrors. The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is due to launch in 2014.
NASA engineer Ernie Wright looks on as the first six flight ready James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror segments are prepped to begin final cryogenic testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham
As the pieces of the James Webb Space Telescope – the next-gen replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope – come together, there’s plenty of excitement in the astronomy community, but as Nature reports, there is plenty of anxiety as well. Webb, scheduled for launch in 2014, simply has to work.