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James Webb Telescope fully deployed in space | Al Jazeera

James Webb Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope has completed its two-week-long deployment phase, unfolding its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history.

Engineering teams cheered back at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland as NASA announced on Twitter that the final portion of the 6.5-metre (21-foot) mirror was deployed.

“I’m emotional about it – what an amazing milestone,” Thomas Zurbuchen, a senior NASA engineer, said during the live video feed on Saturday as stargazers worldwide celebrated.


“We see that beautiful pattern out there in the sky now.”

More powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, the $10bn Webb will scan the cosmos for light streaming from the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago. To accomplish this, NASA had to outfit Webb with the biggest and most sensitive mirror ever launched – its “golden eye”, as scientists call it.

Because the telescope was too large to fit into a rocket’s nose cone in its operational configuration, it was transported folded-up.

Unfurling has been a complex and challenging task – the most daunting such project ever attempted, according to NASA.

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