James Webb Space Telescope mirror

James Webb Space Telescope mirror

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Caption: James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) mirror. Technician observing a fully functional, one-sixth-scale model of the JWST mirror in an optics testbed. The mirror consists of 18 hexagonal beryllium segments. The JWST is an infrared telescope that is scheduled to be launched in 2018. By using infrared wavelengths, the JWST will be able to see through much of the dust that obscures visible light. It will also study dark matter, thought to form the majority of the matter in the universe. Photographed at a NASA testing facility in the USA.

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