The golden mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope will soon have its final test. NASA's JWST is the successor of the current Hubble Space Telescope. 

NASA to Conduct Final Test of James Webb's Golden Mirror: The Space Telescope Will Capture Oldest Stars' Light
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Engineers and technicians assemble the James Webb Space Telescope November 2, 2016 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The telescope, designed to be a large space-based observatory optimized for infrared wavelengths, will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It is scheduled to be launched in October 2018.

This new technology is expected to be more advanced compared to its predecessor model. The United States space agency confirmed that the main goal of its James Webb Space Telescope is to capture the light emitted by the oldest stars in the universe. 

However, it is still not capable of this kind of space activity since NASA scientists and developers still need to do one thing to complete the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. To give you more idea, here's what NASA is currently doing to prepare its James Webb Space Telescope. 

James Webb's Golden Mirror to Have Its Final Test

According to the BBC News' latest report, NASA's developers and other space experts have to fold the segmented reflector to fit inside the launch rocket. They also need to make sure that there would be no issue once it is in space during its final process. 

NASA to Conduct Final Test of James Webb's Golden Mirror: The Space Telescope Will Capture Oldest Stars' Light
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This handout image of the giant, active galaxy NGC 1275, obtained August 21, 2008 was taken using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope?s Advanced Camera for Surveys in July and August 2006. It provides amazing detail and resolution of fragile filamentary structures, which show up as a reddish lacy structure surrounding the central bright galaxy.

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Because of this, the involved space experts and scientists conducted various deployment simulations. They are doing this on each wing of the James Webb Space Telescope one at a time. 

"We effectively have that mirror float as it does in space. We designed [the mirror wings] to operate in space, but we have to test them on the ground - and gravity can be pretty humbling," said Scott Willoughby, the program manager of Northrop, NASA's aerospace manufacturer partner.  

James Webb Space Telescope's Goal 

Gadgets 360 reported that NASA's upcoming giant space telescope would specifically focus on identifying the light generated by the oldest stars in the universe. This will allow various space experts to look back in time over 13.5 billion years ago. 

If this becomes successful, NASA will be able to see how the first stars and galaxies formed during the time, which is a few hundred million years after the alleged Bing Bang space event.

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