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James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) NASA


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About the James Webb Space Telescope:

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), previously known as Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), is a space observatory under construction and scheduled to launch in October 2018. The JWST will offer unprecedented resolution and sensitivity from long-wavelength visible to the mid-infrared, and is a successor instrument to the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope features a segmented 6.5-meter (21 ft) diameter primary mirror and will be located near the Earth–Sun L2 point. A large sunshield will keep its mirror and four science instruments below 50 K (−220 °C; −370 °F).

About the Lego model:

Watching the video, you get an idea how the building process looked like. I read an article about the JWST ca. 3 months ago. This inspired me to build the fantastic segmented mirror. This was already pretty chalenging. The final mirror features hinges, in order to deploy the mirror.

A reddit user wrote: "Originally I was going to do it in all Lego, but sadly you cannot make a perfect hexagon with Lego parts, even when you combine the parts together" (source)

Well, yes, you can...

After the mirror was finished, I stopped, because the JWST has this big layered sunshield which is even harder to build. The project rested some time on my hard disk, and I thought a lot about building smooth fabric-like Lego structures. One day I had a lot of time and I created the sunshield, thereby using trigonometry and  a lot of plate-bricks.

As you can see I finished the space craft and I am very happy with the result. I tried to make the model sturdy and accurate. Using 1498 Lego bricks I built the James Webb space Telescope!

About me:

My name is Andrijan Mueller. I'm 21 years old and a big Lego fan. Currently studying electrical engineering but always with bricks in my mind. My biggest dream is to work for the Lego company.


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