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Critical deployment of NASA Webb's secondary mirror a success
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Critical deployment of NASA Webb's secondary mirror a success
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-critical-d...ndary.html

Quote:In order to do groundbreaking science, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope must first perform an extremely choreographed series of deployments, extensions, and movements that bring the observatory to life shortly after launch. Too big to fit in any rocket available in its fully deployed form, Webb was engineered to intricately fold in on itself to achieve a much smaller size during transport.


Technicians and engineers recently tested a key part of this choreography by successfully commanding Webb to deploy the support structure that holds its secondary mirror in place. This is a critical milestone in preparing the observatory for its journey to orbit. The next time this will occur will be when Webb is in space, and on its way to gaze into the cosmos from a million miles away.


Get this thing into space already!
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Critical deployment of NASA Webb's secondary mirror a success
I think the deployment of the secondary mirror is one of the last things that has to happen before the telescope is operational. I wonder if that means they have already tested everything else that moves?
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Critical deployment of NASA Webb's secondary mirror a success
I've watched them develop the deployment and was rather concerned at the complexity of the task. Luckily, them space cadets is smarter then me.
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