Lifting off NIRSpec's Lid

Engineers used a crane to hoist the shipping container off of NASA's Webb telescope's Near Infrared Spectrograph or NIRSpec, in the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.  NIRSpec will use infrared light to analyze the physical properties and chemical composition of distant galaxies, stars and planets. NIRSpec was provided by the European Space Agency and built by EADS/Astrium. Webb is an international project led by NASA with its partners the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

Image credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn

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