Sending humans to the Moon 50 years ago, a whole nation rose to the challenge. Surmounting countless difficulties, inventing new technologies while gazing into the face of the unknown, NASA successfully developed multiple lunar landings. NASA showed to the world the importance of partnerships and what a unified nation can achieve.
Similarly, the charge of building the world’s most advanced and powerful space telescope, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has required a steadfast contribution from across the United States. In total, 29 states throughout the United States have provide support manufacturing, assembling, and testing Webb components. After launch, Webb’s science and data will reach a worldwide audience.
Webb’s 18 innovative lightweight beryllium mirrors had to make 14 stops at 11 different places across eight states (visiting some countries more than once) around the U.S. to complete their manufacturing. Their journey began in beryllium mines in Utah, and then moved across the nation for processing and sprucing. Discover an interactive map showing the passage of the mirrors. After the spacecraft is assembled in California, the telescope will journey to French Guiana for lift-off and the beginning of their final journey to space
Much like the Apollo program, NASA’s Webb telescope is an exemplar of ingenuity. To step foot on the Moon, a technology that had never seen before conceived and developed into existence. To observe periods of cosmic history the reaches of even the Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb group needed to invent multiple model-new technologies and testing methods to verify them for flight and service on orbit a million miles away.
Webb will be the world’s premier space science observatory. It will resolve mysteries in our solar system, look beyond to distant planets around other stars, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of our universe and our place in it. Webb is international mission conduct by NASA with its partners, (European Space Company) and the Canadian Space Agency.
Echoes of NASA’s Apollo program live on proudly today. With the new Artemis program, NASA has set its sights on creating a sustainable presence on the Moon, to serve as a waypoint for the ultimate goal of launching humans to Mars.