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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Cryogenic Testing

20 Nov 2017, 14:04 UTC
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Cryogenic Testing NASA/Chris Gunn

The historic chamber’s massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope’s journey to the launch pad. The cryogenic vacuum test began when the chamber was sealed shut on July 10, 2017. Scientists and engineers at Johnson put Webb’s optical telescope and integrated science instrument module (OTIS) through a series of tests designed to ensure the telescope functioned as expected in an extremely cold, airless environment akin to that of space.

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