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NASA postpones tightening the James Webb Space Telescope’s sunshield to study the power system

NASA engineers are spending the day researching the giant James Webb Space Telescope’s power subsystem to ensure the telescope is ready to perform a critical procedure: tensioning its vast sunshield. The Webb space telescope, which launched on Dec. 25, is currently undergoing a month-long deployment operation to ready it for data collection. However, the majority…

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James Webb Space Telescope’s tower assembly is extended to allow for the deployment of sunshield

The massive sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope is one step closer to being completed. The massive new space observatory’s deployable tower assembly (DTA), a 48-inch-long (1.2-meter) shaft that joins the telescope’s two sections, was successfully extended on Wednesday (Dec. 29), NASA officials announced in a statement. The DTA on the James Webb Space…

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