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NASA nails trickiest job on newly launched space telescope

NASA Webb Telescope
Posted at 2:08 PM, Jan 04, 2022

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA has aced the most complicated, critical job on its newly launched space telescope: unrolling and stretching a sunshade the size of a tennis court.

Flight controllers in Maryland cheered and bumped fists Tuesday once the fifth and final layer of the ultra-thin sunshield was pulled tight.

The mirrors are next up for release this weekend.

The $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope is more than halfway toward its destination 1 million miles from Earth, following its Christmas Day send-off.

It's the biggest and most powerful observatory ever launched and is considered the successor to the aging Hubble Space Telescope.

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