James Webb Space Telescope
Stunning images of Hubble's successor in space imaging
- After arriving at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Webb’s mirrors are inspected. The containers are hermetically sealed to protect against pressure changes that occur in transit.
- Webb’s mirrors are inspected in a cleanroom at Goddard Space Flight Center. It is inspected in the cleanroom to avoid contamination from dust debris.
- Still from a video comparing the 21-foot composite mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope to Hubble’s primary mirror as well as a person.
- A full scale model sits in front of the the Austin, Texas skyline. The model was brought to the South by Southwest festival in March.
- The sunshield membrane is necessary to allow the telescope to operate at very low temperatures. Here it is being inspected at Northrop Grumman to ensure it is up to spec.
- To test components of the telescope, scientists put them in a very cold vacuum chamber. These gold colored aluminized kapton blankets insulate the testing equipment to keep the chamber cold.
- Shining a light inside a thermal vacuum chamber, used to simulate the cold vacuum of space for testing Webb’s cameras and spectrographs.
- The Near Infrared Camera can capture a range of light, from orange and red to the near infrared. It, along with the Mid-Infrared Instrument, will capture images of the universe aboard the Webb.
- An artistic interpretation of what the Webb Telescope will look like after being fully deployed in space. (All images courtesy of NASA)