Northrop-Built Webb Observatory to Enter Final Test Phase

Northrop Grumman engineers are set to conduct final tests on NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope after they have unloaded optical and scientific instruments from a shipping container at a company facility in Redondo Beach, California.

The company aims to ensure that the space observatory is ready for its mission before it heads to a Kourou, French Guiana, launch site, NASA said Monday.

JWST will carry science payload containing a 21.3-foot golden primary mirror that forms half of the telescope

Northrop received the payload after the agency completed a series of tests at the Johnson Space Center and Goddard Space Flight Center.

The agency noted the integrated spacecraft features a sunshield that currently undergoes final assembly and will soon be subjected to environmental tests.

NASA will launch Webb using an Ariane 5 rocket and expects the telescope to deploy its mirrors once released from the rocket and reach the second Sun-Earth Lagrange point.

JWST is designed to examine the solar system and planets surrounding other stars.

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