Find how NASA engineers constructed and launched the most aspiring telescope of all time.
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How did NASA engineers build and launch the most aspiring telescope of all time? Follow the melodramatic tale of the James Webb Space Telescope—the most complex machine ever launched into space. If it works, researchers think that this new eye on the cosmos will peer deeper back in time and space than ever to the birth of galaxies, and may even be able to “snuffle” the atmospheres of exoplanets as we look for signs of life beyond Earth. But getting it to work is no simple task. The telescope is far larger than its predecessor, the well-known Hubble Space Telescope, and it needs to make its observations a million miles away from Earth—so there will be no opportunity to go out and fix it. That means there is no space for mistake; the most aspiring telescope ever created needs to work faultlessly. Meet the engineers making it happen and join them on their high stakes excursion to expose new secrets of the cosmos.
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