nasawebbWhat looks like a teleporter from science fiction being draped over #NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, is actually a "clean tent." The clean tent protects #JWST from dust and dirt when engineers at @nasagoddard in Greenbelt, Maryland transport the next generation space telescope out of the relatively dust-free cleanroom and into the shirtsleeve environment of the vibration and acoustics testing areas. In two years, a rocket will be the transporter that carries JWST into space so it can orbit one million miles from Earth and peer back over 13.5 billion years to see the first stars and galaxies forming out of the darkness of the early universe. This image is also today's NASA Image of the Day: http://go.nasa.gov/2gGMPEN
Image credit: NASA/Chris Gunn #nofilter
- matthew_t_@katylas12 miss my telescope 😢
- ronaldrandonphYou guys better get right the first time because there are no shuttles flying to go fix it like they did with the hubble.
- kathleenrushhallVery impressive. I wish I could go along to see what it will see. Space is so enticing.
- illpickel@mhudon10 so ducking cool
- maiwand2020I can't wait for JWT's deployment.
- earth_pulsePretty nice :)
- nasaprintsCool pics! Check us out at nasa-prints.com ;) 🚀
- phauxfootDon't break it.
- nasawebb@ronaldrandonph - the shuttle would not be able to go out a million miles away, which is where we will be. You can read the faq on our website (jwst.nasa.gov) to learn more about how we are doing things differently than were done on Hubble and what we have learned. JWST has a very intense test plan to make sure we are doing things right. Satellite servicing is also very much the exception rather than the rule, so we always have to plan accordingly.
- ronaldrandonphThank you. I did not know how far in space this would travel. Is there a way to dock with it like a asteroid in the future. To retrieve it to the space station for repair?
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