NASA's Newest Space Telescope Practices Unfolding Itself

August 9, 2019

This is a video of NASA's next generation space telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, testing the deployment of its secondary mirror support system. NASA hopes to have the telescope in orbit by 2021, or approximately one year after the end of the world. Some more info while I daydream about aliens making contact, then taking me and only me with them:

James Webb is intended to carry the torch for NASA's great space telescopes. Hubble is the most famous, but it's getting old. Webb is considerably more powerful than Hubble and is designed to study distant solar systems and delve into the history of the universe.

Webb is currently split into two major halves that will need to be connected. "The secondary mirror test represents the last large milestone before the integration of Webb into its final form as a complete observatory," NASA said.

The telescope is so large it has to be launched into orbit and then unfold itself for use after getting there. The reference article I read likened it to a 'weird Transformer', which I'd have to agree with because it doesn't even have arms or legs or a head. Even the lamest Decepticon would make short work of this poor bastard.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to my dad, for always looking out for me.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I for one am looking forward to the day we build a deep space Aragoscope.

  • The_Wretched

    So we can locate Araragi anywhere?

  • Corky McButterpants

    Concept: The light diffracted around the edge of a perfectly circular occluder interferes constructively at the central axis, and the resolution at that point would be equal to the resolution of conventional lens with the same size of the occluder.

    When you google something and you're none the wiser. 😔 Something, something, space mirrors, something. lol

  • GeneralDisorder

    Basically light is magic. If you have a circular disc and a flat sensor you can see things that regular optics would never allow.

  • SmokeThatSkinWagon

    I can't wait to see the images produced by this beauty. 100 times more powerful than Hubble!

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