14 January 2022

NASA begins long process of focusing James Webb space telescope.

NASA’s ground team will handle adjusting the Webb’s mirrors, an alignment process that’s expected to take about three months.

One of the world’s most powerful telescopes successfully reached space and now scientists will be tasked with carefully maneuvering the engineering marvel to begin capturing the cosmos. 

The James Webb space telescope was sent to space late last month, and last week NASA was able to fully deploy the telescope’s 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror, successfully completing the final stage of all major spacecraft deployments.  

Though a major feat, work for NASA engineers is just beginning as the Webb telescope will require alignments that will take months to complete. That includes adjusting Webb’s 18 primary mirror segments to align the telescope optics and create one big mirror. 

NASA’s ground team will handle adjusting the mirrors, an alignment process that’s expected to take about three months.  

Source: https://thehill.com

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