Rocket Scientists in the Basement
Behind an unassuming door in the basement of the Steward Observatory, three men in white bunny suits are moving amidst expensive-looking machinery, shiny hoses and fancy gauges. A yellow sticker on the door's glass window warns, "Flight Hardware. Safeguard it."
Here, a team of University of Arizona engineers is putting together parts for a spacecraft: the James Webb Space Telescope, designed to peer far into the cosmos and far back into time, from a vantage point no human has ever been to, 937,000 miles from Earth, four times the distance to the moon.
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