We’ve been keeping track of the work being done to the James Webb Telescope. Lockheed Martin worked with the University of Arizona to complete and test the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam). The NIRCam was shipped to NASA’s famous Goddard Space Flight Test Center and will be used to detect light from distant stars and galaxies in the Webb Telescope. Furthermore, the NIRCam will have the ability to take pictures of faint objects near brighter things like stars, through coronagraphs. These coronagraphs use technology to block the brighter objects’ light in order to capture images of the dimmer objects.
Jeff Vanden Buekel, the NIRCam programmer from Lockheed, had this to say about the project:
“We all feel privileged to have worked on this mission and look forward to the day when our engineering and manufacturing efforts will help produce discoveries yielding a greater understanding of the Universe.”
We’ll keep you posted as we get more information on the progress of the Webb Telescope, and you can read more about the NIRCam via this article.