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Ball Aerospace Hands NASA Webb Telescope First 2 Webb Mirrors

Ball Aerospace Hands NASA Webb Telescope First 2 Webb Mirrors - top government contractors - best government contracting eventBall Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has delivered two of the 18 primary mirrors needed for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The agency said it is inspecting the mirrors and storing them at the Goddard cleanroom until engineers are ready to assemble them onto the telescope’s backplane structure that will support them.

Northrop Grumman contracted Ball Aerospace to build the mirrors, of which 16 more are scheduled to arrive at Goddard over the next 12 months, with telescope integration scheduled for 2015.

NASA says one science goal of the Webb program is to look back to when galaxies were young by seeing them at far distances.

Engineers at Northrop recently completed a test of the telescope’s sunshield orientation, during which ManTech International provided fabrication and other testing services.

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