Tilting of Webb Telescope's Primary Mirror

The 18-segment primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was raised into vertical alignment.  Take a look at the timelapse…

The James Webb Space Telescope, the scientific successor to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, in the largest clean room at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on May 4, 2016.

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.

 

Also, the Webb Telescope Mirror Rollover timelapse:



In this rare timelapse video, see inside the world’s largest clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland as the James Webb Space Telescope team lifts and turns the telescope for the first time. With glimmering gold surfaces, the large primary and rounded secondary mirror on this telescope are specially designed to reflect infrared light from some of the first stars ever born. The team will now begin to prepare to install the telescope’s science instruments to the back of the mirrors. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

More information a http://www.jwst.nasa.gov or http://www.nasa.gov/webb