Webb will be the largest telescope ever placed in space; 100 times more powerful than Hubble. So big it has to fold origami-style to fit in the rocket and will unfold like a "Transformer" in space.
Folding and Unfolding Webb
For the James Webb Space Telescope to fit into a rocket, it must fold up. Whether it is the primary mirror or the sunshield, many parts of Webb are designed to deploy or unfold once in space. This origami pattern of the Webb primary mirror highlights the elegant engineering and artistic inspiration behind the telescope.
Fold this origami pattern to make your own artistic version of the James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror!
The dark blue are mountain folds, magenta dashed are valley folds. For best results, please use at least a 16” image.
Robert J. Lang (Origami)
Related Webb Content:
- About the Folding Mirrors
- About the Deployable Sunshields
- Webb Deployment (unfolding) Video
- Images of the Folded Launch Configuration
- Launch Page
- Launch Vehicle
- Watch an Ariane 5 Rocket Launch
- Webb Deployment Flipbook
- JWST Art