Moving the Most Powerful Space Telescope's Mirror is a Terrifying Job

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Don’t drop it! In this picture you can see a team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Calibration, Integration and Alignment Facility moving the James Webb Space Telescope’s mirror. Slipping isn’t an option.

The mirrors built for the telescope — which will be the most powerful space telescope ever built — are rather special. Over their entire surface, they’re accurate to 0.1 microns. That’s about 1/400th the thickness of a human hair. No pressure, guys. [NASA]

Image by NASA