Mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope

September 10th, 2015 | Space

James Webb Telescope

In the image above, NASA engineer Ernie Wright observes the primary mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled for launch in late 2018. NASA hopes that the new telescope will be able to observe the formation of the first galaxies in the Universe, along with the first stars to ever be created.

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The process to make such intricate mirrors is fascinating in its own right. The NASA video below demonstrates a bit of the process to treat the gold-coated beryllium.


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