BLUFCommissioning of the James Webb telescope is progressing well, with the first images due June –July 2022.
- This article by Stuart Clark from The Guardian makes the following points:
- NASA has completed 3 of the 7 stages to bring the 18 hexagonal segments of the James Webb space telescope’s primary mirror into alignment.
- The mirror segments now form a single image.
- 6 motors control each segment moving and tilting the reflective surfaces.
- Fine-tuning will ensure the segments are optimally aligned with themselves and its four science instruments.
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