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Time-lapse: Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope Ambient Optical Assembly Stand.

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Published on Nov 17, 2011

The clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has received a giant structural steel frame (called the Ambient Optical Assembly Stand or AOAS) that will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope.

"This milestone is important as it marks the transition to the integration and testing phase for the Webb telescope's optical telescope element," said Lee Feinberg, Optical Telescope Element Manager for the Webb telescope at Goddard.

This timelapse video shows part of the AOAS construction process. (No audio.)

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology...

Credit: NASA Goddard

Download Video: http://jwst.nasa.gov/videos/timelapse... (232.7 MB .mov)

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