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NASA’s team responsible for the James Webb Space Telescope mission reported that they’ve completed the unfolding of the Webb’s primary mirror successfully. This means that the final stage of the core spacecraft deployments has ended.

Two weeks ago NASA launched the most anticipated mission to space. On top of the Ariane 5 rocket, the space agency delivered the most expensive space telescope which is called The James Webb Space Telescope. You can also find it as the successor of Hubble.

The spacecraft is equipped with a 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror that will collect infrared light from the distant Universe. The two wings of Webb’s primary mirror had been folded to fit inside the nose cone of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket before launch. As a result the most crucial part of the mission was the successful deployment of all elements of the primary mirror. After more than a week of other critical spacecraft deployments, the Webb team began remotely unfolding the hexagonal segments of the primary mirror, the largest ever launched into space. This was a multi-day process, with the first side deployed on Jan. 7 and the second on Jan. 8.

Now begins the most time-consuming stage: to align the telescope optics. NASA’s team from the Earth now should adjust all 18 primary mirrors using 126 actuators on the backsides of the segments. It will take months to complete all preparations, so we have to demonstrate some patience in order to see breaking through pics.

Simultaneously with that part, the JWST ambitiously moves forward in space to reach its destination point. NASA promised to deliver Webb’s first images this summer.

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