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Photos, concept art, and videos of the Webb Telescope. To use, credit NASA unless an alternate credit is listed.

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  • Webb mirror segment

    Webb mirror segment

    One of the 18 hexagonal segments that make up Webb's mirror. The segment is coated in a microscopically thin layer of gold to best reflect infrared light. Credit: Photo by Drew Noel

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  • Webb's mirror segments

    Webb's mirror segments

    Webb's mirror will consist of 18 of these segments, which will be folded up inside the rocket that launches Webb into orbit. The mirror will unfold and be adjusted in space.

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  • Inspecting the mirror segments

    Inspecting the mirror segments

    A Ball Aerospace optical test engineer inspects six primary mirror segments prior to cryogenic testing in the X-ray & Cryogenic Facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Credit: NASA/MSFC/David Higginbotham

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  • An Ariane 5 rocket launch

    An Ariane 5 rocket launch

    An Ariane rocket, similar to the one shown here, will be used to carry the Webb telescope into space. This image was taken on Dec. 8, 2006. Credit: ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE – Activite Photo Optique Video CSG

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  • Front view of the Webb telescope

    Front view of the Webb telescope

    Artist's depiction of the Webb telescope, viewed from the front, showing the primary mirror, secondary mirror, and sunshield.

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  • Full-scale model of the Webb telescope

    Full-scale model of the Webb telescope

    A full-scale model of the Webb telescope.

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  • Full-scale model of the Webb telescope

    Full-scale model of the Webb telescope

    A full-scale model of the Webb telescope, seen from the side.

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  • Webb telescope with Moon, Earth, and Sun in the background

    Webb telescope with Moon, Earth, and Sun in the background

    Artist's depiction of the Webb telescope in space, side view, with the Moon, Earth, and Sun in the background. The red beams indicate incoming infrared light.

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  • The Webb telescope

    The Webb telescope

    Artist's depiction of the Webb telescope from a bottom angle. Reddish beams indicate incoming infrared light.

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  • The Webb telescope, front view

    The Webb telescope, front view

    An artist's depiction of the Webb telescope, as seen from the front, with the Moon, Earth and Sun in the background. Red beams indicate infrared light being captured by the primary mirror.

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  • Side view of the Webb telescope

    Side view of the Webb telescope

    The Webb telescope floats against a background of stars in this artist's depiction of the side view.

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  • Webb telescope view from underneath

    Webb telescope view from underneath

    The Webb telescope floats against a background of stars in this artist's depiction of a view from underneath, showing the spacecraft bus, Earth-pointing antenna, and momentum trim flap.

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  • Members of the Webb team pose with the full-scale model

    Members of the Webb team pose with the full-scale model

    Members of the Webb team at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland pose in front of the full-scale Webb telescope model.

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Videos

  • Seeing Beyond: James Webb Space Telescope

    The Webb Space Telescope will be Hubble's successor. This video, narrated by "Deep Astronomy" host Tony Darnell, draws the line between Hubble and Webb, explaining how one will build on and continue the work of the other. Users can watch the video, or download the unnarrated support material to obtain images and information for their own talks.

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  • Webb telescope full deployment sequence, 2014

    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 both its travel time and distance and its transformation as it deploys. Credit: Northrop Grumman

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  • Webb telescope full deployment sequence, 2014 (2X speed)

    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 both its travel time and distance and its transformation as it deploys. Credit: Northrop Grumman

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  • Behind the Breaking of a Guinness Record: Behind the Webb SXSW Special Edition

    At this year's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, the Guinness World Record for the largest outdoor astronomy class was broken. Capturing the tension and excitement leading up to the event, this video also shows what it takes to break a world record.

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  • Mission Update: Mirror Odyssey

    The Webb Space Telescope’s giant primary mirror, arguably its most critical and difficult part, is approaching completion. The 18-segment mirror stands two stories high and is designed to best capture the infrared light Webb seeks. Follow the mirror’s journey from rough ore to precisely reflective, gold-coated segments in this video, which details how the mirrors are constructed and tested.

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  • Narrated Webb telescope deployment animation

    This animated video from 2010 follows the deployment of the Webb telescope as takes its place in orbit. A narrator takes the audience step by step through the stages of the telescope’s deployment, including the expansion of the sunshield and the unfolding of the mirror. Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute; Northrop Grumman Space Technologies.

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  • Webb telescope deployment

    This video shows the Webb telescope deploying in space, including the expansion of the sunshield and the unfolding of the mirror.

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  • Webb stowed for launch

    This video illustrates how Webb will be compacted to fit inside the Ariane rocket. First, we see an image of the fully extended Webb overlaid with an image of the rocket, illustrating the problem. The sunshield then vanishes to give a better view of Webb's core and folding mirror. In the last scenes, we see the sunshield folded up against Webb's core for the journey.

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Printable Products

Excited about Webb? Spread the word! PDFs include a detailed overview of the Webb telescope and mini-posters that explore its science targets and cutting-edge capabilities.

  • Webb Science Guide

    Webb Science Guide

    This 60-page booklet describes Webb's purpose, scientific goals and technology in detail.

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  • A Vision for Tomorrow

    A Vision for Tomorrow

    This two-page handout gives the basic facts about Webb, its purpose, and its technology.

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  • Lift the Curtain

    Lift the Curtain

    Webb's vision will penetrate dust, revealing hidden objects within.

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  • Give Them the Answers

    Give Them the Answers

    Inspire kids with the solutions to some of our most pressing cosmic mysteries.

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  • Not Like the Others

    Not Like the Others

    Webb will search for water vapor, helping to find life-sustaining planets beyond our solar system.

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  • With the Right Tool

    With the Right Tool

    Webb is carefully designed to pry open some of astronomy's greatest mysteries.

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  • See the Lights Turn On

    See the Lights Turn On

    Webb's infrared-detecting abilities will allow it to see the universe's first galaxies.

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  • Coming Into Focus

    Coming Into Focus

    Webb's masterfully engineered giant mirror is just part of the telescope's advanced technology.

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  • Through the Looking-Glass

    Through the Looking-Glass

    Webb's giant mirror is an engineering marvel that caps the telescope's cutting-edge technology.

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  • No Place Like Home?

    No Place Like Home?

    Only Webb will be capable of searching planets around other stars for water vapor.

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