The James Webb Space Telescope

BackWebb stowed for launch
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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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