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#JWST's Webb-cam has a new feature - time-lapses created from the +NASA Goddard  cleanroom cams! Find the latest here: http://jwst.nasa.gov/WebbCamClips/ 

Here's one of them - our pathfinder (or test) backplane being readied and packed up for its trip to NASA Johnson: http://youtu.be/hq4uS3ho0wU 
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Meet another member of our team - Ray Lundquist, systems manager for our instrument module: http://jwst.nasa.gov/meet-lundquist.html
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Congrats to Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. Watch his PSA supporting +NASA  missions, including #JWST here: http://bit.ly/1w30zHb.
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#JWST's pathfinder (test) backplane sits in its shipping container in front of NASA Johnson's massive Chamber A: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/16593659115/

Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn
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A ring of sun-like stars is pulled from a galaxy: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2015/04/image/a/ #JWST will help us learn more about bizarre effects of galactic interactions.

Credit: NASA and ESA
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This is the first installment in a four-part series of conversations with Paul Geithner, our deputy project manager, technical,  about different aspects of the James Webb Space Telescope. So if you've always wanted to know more, check this out: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/webb-conversations-components-structure-of-nasa-s-james-webb-space-telescope/
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Upgrades to #JWST's Near-Infrared Spectrograph done!  Read more: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Improved_vision_for_James_Webb_Space_Telescope

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#JWST's pathfinder (or test) backplane is readied for cryo tests at NASA Johnson's giant Chamber A, its secondary mirror boom extended: Read more: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/16439315687/

Image credit: NASA/Desiree Stover
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Watch #JWST's test backplane arrive NASA Johnson in this new video snapshot: http://youtu.be/SeFhZgdDUuM
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A big, bright James Webb Space Telescope “STTARS” is now deep in the heart of Texas. The Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea (STTARS) is a giant white shipping container with a very important cargo: a test model of part of the Webb telescope, called the “Pathfinder Backplane.”

The Pathfinder Backplane is a practice section of the James Webb Space Telescope. To ensure the telescope will operate at its frigid destination 1 million miles out in space, it must complete cryogenic tests. The biggest cryogenic test occurs at Chamber A at Johnson, the same vacuum chamber where Apollo spacecraft were tested.

“The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest telescope for space that’s ever been built,” said Andrew Booth, pathfinder lead optical engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
But its enormous size means special accommodations to move it halfway across the country. Enter STTARS.
“The major challenge in this transport is the size,” said Adam Carpenter, one of the mechanical integration engineers on the STTARS team. “The container weighs 165,000 pounds. There is a tremendous amount of planning going through this move.”

The journey began in a clean room at Goddard. The massive shipping container entered the clean room floating on air pads, like a puck on an air hockey table. Then engineers lifted and lowered the 3,000-pound honeycombed Pathfinder Backplane by crane into the container.

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/texas-has-new-big-bright-webb-sttars/#.VOtRXMZBHDM

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Interior C-5: NASA/Desiree Stover
Exterior C-5: NASA/Chris Gunn
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#JWST 's test backplane is now at NASA Johnson for cryogenic tests. It was flown there via a C-5!  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasawebbtelescope/15960481284/

Image credit: Desiree Stover
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The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to Hubble. It is an infrared telescope with a 6.5m mirror and a sunshade the size of a regulation tennis court! It will launch in 2018.