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NASA Referees Test of Footballs vs. Webb Telescope
   James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
  Published: 12 months ago

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While two football teams will be put to the test at Super Bowl LI in Houston, engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are testing the most powerful space telescope ever built, the James Webb Space Telescope. To demonstrate all the shaking, quaking and super-chill temperatures the Webb telescope is going through, Goddard engineers did similar tests - with a football.

Being launched on a rocket creates high levels of noise and vibration, and once in orbit the Webb telescope will have to function under extreme temperatures - so NASA engineers are doing vibration, acoustics and other tests to ensure that the Webb telescope will function properly.

Once in orbit about 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth, the Webb telescope will provide images of the first galaxies ever formed and explore planets around distant stars. It is a joint project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.

For more information about the Webb telescope, visit: www.jwst.nasa.gov or www.nasa.gov/webb.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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2 months ago
Something to look forward to


8 months ago
Those gaps between segment mirrors does not affect the image?


8 months ago
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10 months ago
What a nice girl!! By the way, I'm really excited for the next year's James webb Space Telescope launching.


11 months ago
the webb scope is supposed to be 100x better than hubble..yet a million
times to small to see the 3 foot american flag on the moon ahahaha


11 months ago
More space lies never been to space only low earth orbit , just a programming for the sheep


11 months ago
Cartoons are so real! What a lying waste of money!


12 months ago
I can't wait for the launch in October 2018!


12 months ago
Awesome. :)


12 months ago
Can't wait for the new Telescope to make its debut in space. It's gonna be amazing


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