NASA releases first photos from James Webb Space Telescope—Photos + details about Huntsville’s role in the project

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The photo we’ve all been waiting for. (NASA)

We’re sure you’ve heard about the stunning first images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). But, did you know that Huntsville + North Alabama played a major role in the telescope’s development? Read on for more details + photos.

Local connections

Those mirrors were made in North Alabama. (NASA)

It’s no surprise that the Rocket City has lots of connections to the JWST, a revolutionary piece of space tech. Here are the ones you need to know about:

  • A Huntsville company, Nexolve, was responsible for the sunshield that protects the telescope from the sun’s radiation
  • The telescope’s 18 mirrors were manufactured by Axsys in Cullman
  • Testing for the mirrors was done at Marshall Space Flight Center

Read our full writeup on the tech behind JWST.

The images

Finally, what you’ve been waiting for: The first official image from JWST was released Monday evening, July 11, and the rest followed on Tuesday, July 12. Here they are, in all their glory:

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We are proud of all the Huntsville minds behind this great scientific achievement. Share your excitement with us on social by tagging @hvilleblast and using #hvilleblast.

Emily Phillips
Emily Phillips
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