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Ball Ships First Webb Telescope Mirrors

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BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 24, 2012 — The first two mirror assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope were delivered last week to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the telescope is being assembled. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., under contract to Northrop Grumman, is responsible for the 18 beryllium primary mirror segments that comprise the Webb telescope. The remaining 16 hexagonal mirrors that make up the 6.5 m (21.4 ft) primary mirror will be sent to Goddard over the next 12 months and will be stored until engineers are ready to assemble them for telescope integration in 2015. ...Read full article

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