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JWST and Ariane V

16 Jul 2020, 13:00 UTC
JWST and Ariane V
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NASA dicit:
This video shows how NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is designed to fold to a much smaller size in order to fit inside the Ariane V rocket for launch to space. The largest, most complex space observatory ever built, must fold itself to fit within a 17.8-foot (5.4-meter) payload fairing, and survive the rigors of a rocket ride to orbit. After liftoff, the entire observatory will unfold in a carefully choreographed series of steps before beginning to make groundbreaking observations of the cosmos.
Video credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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