JWST Fall/Winter 2016-17

We continue being incredibly behind on posting anything, with some old pics from last fall/winter of JWST. As of now, it is gone from Goddard forever. It’s in Houston being cryo tested. I miss it, like a good empty-nester, even though I know it is moving onwards with its life.

I still can’t believe this was ever my view. So shiny.




They were moving it off the stand near the window, onto a different stand. This was all in prep for the vibration and acoustic testing we did over the winter. They had to put a huge clean tent over the telescope because it was going to be going outside the cleanroom to where the test facilities were.



Those pics above were from November. Here we fast forward to February – and there is the telescope, behind me, in the giant clean tent with the yellow ladder. They were prepping it to move into the acoustic test chamber. To the left you can see the edge of the shaker tables that they used for vibration testing. That’s where shake the telescope at specific frequencies to make sure it will survive a rocket launch. I did get to see it being shook, which was so cool. The acoustic test is because rockets are loud, and sound can cause vibrations too.


They cleaned the floor before they pushed the telescope past.

It’s on a big air table, so it can be moved pretty easily. You can see three mirrors through the clean tent.

Here it moves right in front of me, which was so cool. This is the closest I’ve ever been to it physically. It was very tall.

You can see gold mirrors through the clean tent, and the black thing top center is the black “nose cone” that contains the tertiary mirror.

They pushed it past the door to the acoustic test chamber, and then backed it in. It was beautifully choreographed.

Before it was moved, we took pics in front of it!

Here’s the face of it again, as it is pushed to the right, through the door of the acoustic test chamber.

It *just* fit.





One last cool pic – one of our artists from November, Laddie, took this photo of the telescope with a 1932 Graflex Press Camera. This is incidentally the type of camera from which the flash was used as a lightsaber part in the original Star Wars. I love the old timey tech with the cutting edge telescope featured.