Time-lapse Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope Ambient Optical Assembly Stand.

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The clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has received a giant structural steel frame (called the Ambient Optical Assembly Stand or AOAS) that will be used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope.

“This milestone is important as it marks the transition to the integration and testing phase for the Webb telescope’s optical telescope element,” said Lee Feinberg, Optical Telescope Element Manager for the Webb telescope at Goddard.

This timelapse video shows part of the AOAS construction process. (No audio.)

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/webb-assembly-stand.html

Credit: NASA Goddard

Download Video: http://jwst.nasa.gov/videos/timelapseAOAS.mov (232.7 MB .mov)

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Eduardo Braz Magic says:

Hey everyone u can see they building it live! Check There: http://jwst.nasa.gov/webcam.html

Karthik Balaji says:

Awesome!! Science is damn awesome!! I would be a nervous wreck the day they launch JWST!! Can't wait for the pictures to start flowing in!! Good luck fellow makers of history!!

Pssst. I hope they target it at Gliese 581 d!! 😀

ophello says:

How about showing us the rest of the video?

TheJamsh says:

I would kill to be one of those guys, actually physically putting together the machines of exploration. Always good at mechanical engineering in school, videos like this really make you wish I'd pursued it!

spencer neilan says:

Either the camera records night time, or they take too many breaks 😀

Urist McTubedwarf says:

damn science you awesome 😀

MedShot says:

Don't you mean Space-Time lapse? hahahahaha

hankschannel says:

The thing about space telescopes is that they don't become obsolete. There aren't any other folks building them. The Hubble has been orbiting earth for the last 20 years and it's still the most technologically advanced telescope in the world. This isn't an iphone.

XxcovenguyxX says:

considering the death of our space program, it probably won't make it to space before it's extremely obsolete.

ikkeniikkewel says:

next time time elpase about the assemby of the telescope.. omg so exited 🙁

RedKB says:

Next time set the exposure, white balance, and focus manually so the video doesn't flicker.

Tropiduridae says:

thinking about this thing self-assembling in space makes me so nervous xD I'll be a wreck the day it actually launches. Best of luck to all of you!

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