Nearly one year after launch, NASA finally assembled the James Webb Space Telescope, the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
The government agency stated that the two halves of the telescope were joined earlier this week in Redondo Beach, California, where engineers use a crane to assemble the telescope. The next step is to electrically connect the telescope and test it.
"Assembling the telescope and its scientific instruments, a sunscreen and a spaceship into an observatory is an incredible achievement for the entire Web team," said Bill Ox, Web Project Manager, in a statement. "This milestone symbolizes the efforts of thousands of dedicated individuals for more than 20 years at NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, Northrop Grumman, and the rest of our industrial and academic partners."
NASA TO CONTINUE TO EXCLUDE THE JUPITER MUNE EUROPA THAT CAN MAKE A LONG LIFE include deploying engineers. the five-layer sunscreen, which NASA said was "designed to support Web mirrors and scientific instruments by blocking infrared light from Earth, the moon, and the sun." The space agency added that deploying the sunscreen "is critical to the success of the mission."
Following definitive tests, including environmental and deployment tests, the James Webb telescope will launch into space in 2021. Hubble has continued to make incredible discoveries since its launch into space in April 1990.
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