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The James Webb Space Telescope Folds Its Wings

The James Webb Space Telescope is shown with one of its two “wings" folded. Each wing holds three of its primary mirror segments. During this operation in the cleanroom at NASA Goddard, the telescope was also rotated in preparation for the folding back of the other wing. When Webb launches, both wings will be stowed in this position, which enables the mirror to fit into the launch vehicle. For more information on Webb’s launch configuration, see: You can watch how the telescope will deploy after launch in this video:


Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn


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Taken on July 17, 2016