Lockheed Team Completes Webb Telescope Imaging Camera

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A Lockheed Martin team has finished assembling the near-infrared imaging camera for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the company announced Monday.

The team completed work on the near infrared camera for the James Webb Space Telescope at its space systems technology center in Palo Alto, Calif.

The telescope is a joint program between NASA and the Canadian and European space agencies. 

The company and the University of Arizona developed the camera to include optical, structural, thermal, mechanical, electronic, precision mechanisms and control software.

The company said the camera includes control and focal plane electronics and software as well. 

The camera will be the primary near-infrared imaging instrument on the telescope and the Goddard Space Flight Center will receive the camera later this summer. 

The dual-optical imaging module instrument includes focal plane assemblies that are designed for cryogenic operation at nearly 396.7 degrees. 

The instrument will detect light from stars and galaxies, the physical and chemical properties of planets orbiting other stars, objects within the solar system and young stars in the Milky Way galaxy. 

Astronomers will capture images of faint objects around a central bright object, using the instruments coronagraph technology that blocks the brighter object’s light.

Astronomers will then use the images to determine characteristics of planets orbiting nearby stars. 

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