NASA Begins To Tension Webb Telescope Sunshield

A test unit sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Credit: NASA
CAPE CANAVERAL—After successfully unfurling the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) tennis court-sized sunshield, flight controllers on Jan. 3 completed tensioning three of the shield’s five diamond-shaped membranes. “Mid-boom deployment was huge,” NASA Webb project manager Bill Ochs told reporters...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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