Just weeks after the releasing thriller, James Webb Space Telescope Already looking for focus in space.
The action began with engineers leading 132 movers and puts Primary mirror clips And the secondary mirror, just to make sure everything responded as expected. The team also worked to ensure that the actuators worked to steer Webb’s precise orientation mirror, which will be used during the image stabilization process.
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The observatory team will spend about 10 days working to move the mirror clips out of launch alignment, with more precise work continuing after that time.
The goal is to get all of Webb’s pieces to function as a single observatory in space, which will be essential to the telescope. ambitious agenda To tell us more about the early universe and the life history of the various things that are part of it.
NASA estimates that the alignment will take about three months, which should bring this work into mid-April as long as everything is on schedule. Webb launched on December 25th and may have enough fuel 20 years of science Thanks to the shooting accuracy, but it all depends on the mirrors working correctly.
“Ground teams are now beginning to instruct the primary mirror and secondary mirror segments to move from their buffered configuration to launch, out of the trouble of keeping them tight and safe from vibrations from vibrations,” NASA said. “These movements will take at least ten days, after which the engineers can begin a three-month process of aligning the sections to act as a single mirror.”
Webb is still on his way to a “parking place” called Earth Sun Lagrange Point 2 (L2) is about 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) from our planet. It will launch an engine on January 23 to glide towards that area.
The next-generation telescope should complete about six months of commissioning activities, then embark on a raft of early science programs this summer, covering everything from studying exoplanets to exploring the beginning of the universe.