The two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope are now located in California, where they are brought together to form a full-fledged observatory.
The optical telescope and the OTIS scientific instrumentation module arrived at Northrop Grumman on February 2 from the Johnson Space Center (Houston), where they successfully passed cryogenic testing. They are carefully checked and now the devices are ready to launch. The telescope is especially important, as it will help to find the first luminous objects in space and habitable worlds.
In preparation for the transportation, OTIS was placed in a special container STTARS. Then he was loaded onto a military plane and taken to Los Angeles airport.
STTARS is a specially designed shipping container in which an optical telescope and an integrated scientific instrument module OTIS were stored. In the picture it is unloaded from a military plane C-5 Charlie. Now engineers can proceed to the final stages of integration of the world's largest space telescope. In the summer, OTIS will become one with the element of the spacecraft to create the observatory of James Webb. Once the integration is complete, the entire observatory will be fully tested. Telescope plan to launch in 2019.
James Webb will be the world's first infrared space observatory of the next decade. It will help to unravel the mysteries of the solar system, look beyond the faraway worlds and explore the unusual structures and origins of the universe.
On February 2, the optical telescope and the OTIS module arrived on the territory of Northrop Grumman (California). Previously, they were located at the Johnson Space Center (Houston), where they successfully passed cryogenic testing