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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing

Quote: After successful completion of its final tests, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is being prepped for shipment to its launch site.

Engineering teams have completed Webb’s long-spanning comprehensive testing regimen at Northrop Grumman’s facilities. Webb’s many tests and checkpoints were designed to ensure that the world’s most complex space science observatory will operate as designed once in space.

Now that observatory testing has concluded, shipment operations have begun. This includes all the necessary steps to prepare Webb for a safe journey through the Panama Canal to its launch location in Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. Since no more large-scale testing is required, Webb’s clean room technicians have shifted their focus from demonstrating it can survive the harsh conditions of launch and work in orbit, to making sure it will safely arrive at the launch pad. Webb’s contamination control technicians, transport engineers, and logistics task forces are all expertly prepared to handle the unique task of getting Webb to the launch site. Shipping preparations will be completed in September.

This thing better launch and operate successfully. One of the things I'm most looking forward to. Would be a momentous achievement for science. 
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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Has Completed Testing
The JWT is going so far out (the L2 point, 1.5 million kilometres away) that "service calls" aren't going to be a viable option for many, many years. Here's to a boring, uneventful, safe and successful deployment.

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