Behind the Webb Podcast

  • March 31, 2015

    Episode 25: A Perfect Pair

    by Mary Estacion

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    The James Webb Space Telescope is comprised of some very large structures, and those have to fit together before, during, and after launch. Extreme care has to be taken when moving equipment that weighs thousands of pounds. This episode of Behind the Webb gives us a glimpse into what it takes to test the compatibility between the backplane that will hold the primary mirror segments, the sunshield, and the spacecraft bus. We also see how the sunshield will be pulled into position, giving us a sense of how large the observatory will be when it's in orbit.

  • July 22, 2014

    Episode 24: The X Factor

    by Mary Estacion

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    The James Webb Space Telescope is being tested at a number of facilities, including some operated by NASA. One of these locations is in Huntsville, Ala., at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Engineers are repurposing a test chamber originally built for another one of NASA's Great Observatories, the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra was launched into space 15 years ago and continues to be a vital contributor to our understanding of the universe. Behind the Webb's Mary Estacion takes us to Marshall to explore Webb and Chandra's common bond.

  • May 21, 2014

    Episode 23: Star Catcher

    by Mary Estacion

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    The James Webb Space Telescope will have four "cameras" at its disposal to explore the universe.  The Near-Infrared Camera, or NIRCAM, will focus its attention on distant galaxies and help us learn more about planets around other stars. But NIRCAM is unique. Its vision will also be used to help align the telescope, a critical step in making the observatory function properly.  Join "Behind the Webb" Host Mary Estacion as she visits the Lockheed Martin facility in Palo Alto, California to find out more about the making of NIRCAM.