Webb Telescope Deployment Sequence

About this video
Duration: 12 minutes, 1 second

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the most powerful infrared science observatory ever to be sent into space. From its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth, Webb will study some of the most distant objects in the universe — but first it has to get there. Webb will be folded up inside the rocket that launches it into space, gradually unfurling as it travels to its destination beyond the Moon. This video depicts Webb's journey into orbit, capturing its travel time, distance, and its transformation as it deploys.

Features, Webb Mission


Produced by NASA and Northrop Grumman
Narration: Lee Arenberg
Writer and Director: Jonathan Arenberg
Script Consultants: Jon Lawrence, Carl Starr, Marc Kirkpatrick, Joel Green, Andy Salvatore, Connie Reese, and Bill Morelli
Technical Consultants: Brandyn Bok, Jonathan Lowe, Michale Mesarch, and Karen Richon
Animation: Faren Mandel, Vladimir Sierra, Tony Carrillo, and Juan Bautista
Voice Direction and Recording: Dan Koblosh
Editing and Music Direction: Bob Jaques
Astronomical Images: HubbleSite.org
Special Thanks: Arianespace

Publication: June 30, 2016