Model brings telescope to life

It takes many years to build a space telescope or a satellite and years to put one together. However, when it comes to assembling and disassembling the life-sized model of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, it takes a handful of days. That’s how long it took to assemble the Webb model in New York City recently.

The full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope was built by the prime contractor, Northrop Grumman, to provide a better understanding of the size, scale and complexity of the satellite. It was set up in New York City’s Battery Park for the 2010 World Science Festival, which ran from June 1 to 6.

The life-sized model is made mainly of aluminium and steel, weighs 5.4 tonnes, and is approximately 24 metres long, 12 metres wide and 12 metres tall. It was specifically designed for an environment subject to gravity and weather. It takes two trucks to ship the model over land, and assembly takes a crew of 12 approximately four days.

The following video gives an overview of the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope:

More information:

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Photos of the full-scale model

Adapted from information issued by NASA / Rob Gutro / Mike McClare.

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