Imagine the Universe!

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Text: Imagine... if you could glimpse the origin of the universe...
Image: Zooming in on a night landscape and stars.

Text: ... understand how stars form...
Image: Stars

Text: ... watch the birth and evolution of galaxies...
Image: Spiral galaxy morphing into an artist's concept of a solar system

Text: ... learn how planets form...
Image: Artist's concept of our solar system.

Text: ... and find other planets like Earth.
Image: Star background and galaxies morphing into image of Earth.

Text: James Webb Space Telescope
Image: Artist's concept of JWST.

Text: The James Webb Space Telescope...
Image: Artist's concept of JWST rotating.

Text: ... will help to answer these age-old questions.
Image: Nebula

Text: Webb's four scientific missions include... imaging the universe's first light...
Image: JWST deploying.

Text: ... observing the genesis of stars...
Image: Starry background

Text: ... understanding how galaxies are assembled...
Image: Stars morphing into galaxies.

Text: ... the origins of planets... Image: Artist's concept of a solar system.

Text: ... and the precursor's of life.
Image: Nebula

Text: Webb will look back as early as 200 million years after the Big Bang...
Image: Artist's concept of JWST rotating morphing into life-size model of JWST on display.

Text: ... when astronomers believe the first stars and galaxies formed...
Image: Galaxy morphing into artist's concept of the L2 position of JWST's orbit.

Text: Webb's technologies are complex... but technology development will be complete - over six years prior to launch.
Image: Artist's concept of JWST rotating.

Text: 10 new technologies have been developed for Webb...
Image: Panning view of JWST's mirror configuration with 18 hexagon shaped mirrors.

Text: ... including mirror control algorithms...
Image: Close-up view of mirrors in the lab.

Text: ... sunshield material...
Image: Sunshield in the lab.

Text: ... detectors...
Image: Mid-IR Detector and Near-IR Detector.

Text: ... micro-shutter arrays...
Image: Micro-shutter arrays.

Text: ...and various cryogenic components.
Image: Cryogenic components in the lab.

Text: Instruments are being built...
Image: Monitor showing instrumentation visualization morphing into a vat of beryllium being melted down for the mirrors.

Text: ... mirror segments have been manufactured...
Image: One mirror segment in the lab.

Text: ... and are being polished, ground, and tested.
Image: Mirrors being manufactured.

Text: The sunshield, as large as a tennis court...
Image: The sunshield opened up in the lab morphing into the sunshield opened up on a tennis court.

Text: ... is being tested to determine deployment shape and sequence.
Image: The sunshield in the lab, being pulled through the deployment sequence.

Text: NASA is partnered with a world-class team...
Image: NASA logo

Text: ... making Webb a national treasure for the US... and a crowning achievement for the world.
Image: Logos of each of the agencies working on JWST, all circling around the Earth.

Text: Providing answers to some of science's most challenging questions...
Image: Artist's concept of JWST superimposed on thumbnail images of stars and galaxies.

Text: The James Webb Space Telescope... imagine.
Image: Artist's concept of JWST rotating and fading out to black.

Imagine the Universe is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC), Dr. Alan Smale (Director), within the Astrophysics Science Division (ASD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Imagine Team
Acting Project Leader: Dr. Barbara Mattson
All material on this site has been created and updated between 1997-2012.

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