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NASA's new flagship space observatory has arrived in French Guinea, where it will be readied for launch on Dec. 18. UArizona astronomers Marcia and George Rieke played key roles in designing and building the telescope's infrared "eyes," which will peer deeper into the cosmos than ever before.
Built in part with UA know-how, the instrumentation for the James Webb Space Telescope has come together for the first time. Components the UA helped develop are being mounted into the telescope structure with other critical parts. The next step is testing, when the assembly will be subjected to the conditions of deep space.
Assembled with UA technology and know-how, the Near Infrared Camera that will form the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope has been shipped to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and soon will be integrated into the telescope structure. Also, thanks to a UA-led outreach program, the Girl Scouts have played a special role in science and astronomy education across America.