Infrared: Inside the huge space observatory that operates from a point in space four times further away than the moon.

Infrared: Inside the huge space observatory that operates from a point in space four times further away than the moon.

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NASA's Webb Telescope Had a Texas-Sized Presence at the 2013 South by Southwest Festival
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The covers come off the huge mirror that the James Webb Space Telescope - the planned successor to Hubble - will use to detect the light from the first stars to shine in the Universe.

The covers come off the huge mirror that the James Webb Space Telescope - the planned successor to Hubble - will use to detect the light from the first stars to shine in the Universe.

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Here's a Webbcam time-lapse of the James Webb Space Telescope being lifted to the assembly stand pre-instrument installation.

Here's a Webbcam time-lapse of the James Webb Space Telescope being lifted to the assembly stand pre-instrument installation.

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James Webb Space Telescope Mirrors Will Piece Together Cosmic Puzzles: The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope that consists of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland. The telescope will help piece together puzzles scientists have been trying to solve throughout the cosmos.

James Webb Space Telescope Mirrors Will Piece Together Cosmic Puzzles: The primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope that consists of 18 hexagonal mirrors looks like a giant puzzle piece standing in the massive clean room of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland. The telescope will help piece together puzzles scientists have been trying to solve throughout the cosmos.

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