NASA engineers have removed the James Webb Space Telescope from the space agency’s thermal vacuum testing platform installed at the Johnson Space Center following completion of a 100-day cryogenic test.
The agency said Saturday it tested JWST’s optical structure and scientific instruments at Chamber A to determine if the future space observatory could function in a simulated space environment.
NASA intends to deliver the telescope to a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, where the company’s aerospace systems business will integrate JWST with a sunshield and spacecraft bus.
The infrared space observatory is designed to help astronomers study the solar system, including the origins and structures of the universe.
JSWT is a collaborative effort of NASA and its Canadian and European counterparts.