Managers of the James Webb Space Telescope are relying on innovation in a dozen key materials and assemblies—and the magic of red-shifted light—to bring scientists closer to the Big Bang than they have ever been. Assurances that their mission plan for the giant infrared telescope will meet the program’s science objectives is allowing the construction of flight hardware in parallel with the drive toward a critical design review next year. Its 6.5-meter (21-ft.) -dia. primary mirror ...

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