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James Webb Space Telescope inside Chamber A

James Webb Space Telescope inside Chamber A


Date: 15 September 2017
Satellite: Webb
Depicts: Optical Telescope element / Integrated Science instrument module (OTIS)
Location: NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Copyright: NASA/Chris Gunn

The James Webb Space Telescope's combined optical and science instrument element (OTIS) undergoing cryogenic testing inside Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in September 2017. The temperature inside the chamber was approximately 40 kelvin (-233 degrees Celsius).

A photogrammetry camera was placed inside the chamber to measure the telescope's alignment and to monitor the effect of extremely cold temperature on the black Kapton® material that is fitted to block unwanted light from behind the telescope. Also visible are the hexagonal primary mirror segments. The bright "stars" shining in this long-exposure photograph are photogrammetry targets that were used to measure extremely precise movements of the telescope as it cooled.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Sep-2019 16:56 UT

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