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Rare time-lapse of Webb mirror rollover

Inside the world’s largest clean room at Goddard Space Flight Center, the James Webb Space Telescope team lifted and turned the telescope for the first time last week.

The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in October, 2018, is currently sitting in the world’s largest clean room at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This past week, the team working on the telescope lifted and turned it for the first time.

Next step: installing the telescope’s science instruments to the back of the mirrors!

Notice the telescope’s gold mirror surfaces. It doesn’t just look gold; it is a real gold coating on the beryllium mirrors. NASA says the large primary and rounded secondary mirror on this telescope are specially designed to reflect infrared light.

Read more about the James Webb Space Telescope from NASA

Deborah Byrd