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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Functional Tests to Prepare for Launch

1 Mar 2021, 16:45 UTC
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Completes Final Functional Tests to Prepare for Launch NASA/Chris Gunn

February marked significant progress for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which completed its final functional performance tests at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, California. Testing teams successfully completed two important milestones that confirmed the observatory’s internal electronics are all functioning as intended, and that the spacecraft and its four scientific instruments can send and receive data properly through the same network they will use in space. These milestones move Webb closer to being ready to launch in October.

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