James Webb Space Telescope Model on the National Mall

This here is a full-size model of the James Webb Space Telescope. It’s been sitting on the National Mall this past week, with NASA/Goddard/Northrop personnel hovering about it, answering questions about the project and science involved:

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The JWST is NASA’s next-generation deep space orbital imaging platform after Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer. Named for the second Chief High Pan-Galactic Overlord of NASA (no relation), the JWST is scheduled to launch in 2013 and position itself at L2, from where its massive mirror and infrared-optimized optics will peer through millions and billions of light years, through space dust and red shift, perhaps to the beginning of time itself, possibly unlocking the secret answer to life, the universe and everything.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it yet, well, you missed it. Today was the last day. Nothing else till 2013. Sorry. Oh, don’t cry. Here are more photos I took of the JWST, just for you:

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2 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 8:50 am

    Wow! That’s cool. But what are all those layers it sits on? Will that fly with the telescope too?


  2. rocketgirl (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Those layers are the sunshields and they will fly with the ‘scope. Underneath the sunshields is the brains and muscle of the spacecraft – the solar arrays, thrusters and the computers that run the ‘scope. What’s really cool is it folds up – the whole system is to big to fly on a rocket as is.



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