James Webb Telescope Completes Three Pre-Launch Milestones Written 16 July 2021


James Webb Space Telescope. | Credit: Desiree Stover; NASA; Aerospace America

SlashGear reports that the James Webb Space Telescope “has hit three new significant milestones, as NASA prepares to launch the powerful instrument later this year.” The tower assembly on the telescope “was recently deployed to its full, 10 meter (33 feet) length, before being stowed” in the telescope. The “‘lens cap’ of the telescope – officially known as the AOS, or Aft Optics Subsystem, cover – has been removed. It was left in place as Webb was assembled, but has been taken off so as to allow the telescope to be folded up.” Additionally, the NASA team “has now folded the Unitized Pallet Structure – on which the sunscreen rests – up into their final launch configuration.”
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