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James Webb Space Telescope First Flight Mirror Completes Cryogenic Testing
04.08.09
 
Kimberly Newton
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256-544-0034
kimberly.d.newton@nasa.gov

Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
301-286-4044
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov

Photo release: 09-027


Engineers guide two mounted mirrors into a vacuum test chamber in the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility. > Large (4288 x 2848, 300 ppi)
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NASA engineers and Ball Aerospace subcontractors guide two mounted mirrors into a vacuum test chamber in the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The mirror tests completed recently at the facility will ensure the powerful mirrors -- the "eyes" of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope -- can withstand the extreme cold temperatures of space. The telescope, slated to launch in 2013, will study the most distant objects and phenomena in the universe. Ball Aerospace supports Northrop Grumman Corp., which is building the telescope for NASA. (NASA/MSFC)


Artist's rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2013. > Large (5000 x 3848, 72 ppi)
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An artist's rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope in orbit. Set to launch to space in 2013, the telescope is NASA's next-generation premier space observatory, designed to explore deep space phenomena and provide clues about the formation of the universe. Cryogenic testing of the telescope's first high-powered mirrors has been completed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (NASA/GSFC)


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