NASA staff spent the whole day studying the electrical subsystem of the massive James Webb Space Telescope to make sure the observatory performed a key step, traction. The massive sunshade is ready.
The James Webb Space Telescope, launched on December 25, is undergoing a month-long deployment process that Prepares data collection. But in the process, most of the steps are controlled from the ground, and although NASA has a timeline, the mission team can change it as needed. For this reason, after Saturday (January 1) was considered a day of rest, Sunday (January 2) was also spent studying the observatory's electrical subsystem.
Sun stretching is a complex process that NASA expects to take two days. The agency initially planned to start work on Saturday, but the operation on Friday was later than expected, and then the team decided to take a break on New Year's Day. Then, when the mission managers decided to check the engine temperature, they did not want the team to work on both sides of the observatory at the same time. At present, although the deployment process is temporarily stopped, the observatory is still in space. The spacecraft has traveled more than 860,000 kilometers from Earth by 18:00 on Monday, January 4, Tehran time, and has traveled about 60 percent of its final destination, the Lagrangian point halo orbit at 1.5 million kilometers. Cover photo: Graphic design of the James Webb Space Telescope, after the solar shield is opened and before it is fully stretched
Sources: NASA, Space