NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was successfully assembled and placed in the same configuration, which should be at launch on board the carrier Ariane 5 next year.
Webb – the largest and most complex space telescope ever created. It is too big for any existing fully deployed rocket, so the entire observatory has been designed to fold for delivery into orbit. Once in space, the telescope will unfold and stretch in a carefully crafted sequence of steps and then begin to make groundbreaking observations of space.
“The James Webb space telescope is fully prepared for launch. I am proud of the work of the entire team and the success of the final tests,” said Bill Ochs, project manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.