WEBB CAM : Watch us build the Webb Telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center!
On this page:
Cam 1 |
Cam 2 |
Images are captured 1/min and automatically refresh on screen at the same rate.
NOTE: Users on mobile/slower connections may wish to chose smaller sizes to minimize bandwidth and load times. Max sized images are ~300KB each.
On the WebbCams Today
On our Webbcams are views of the assembly stand and the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope is being assembled now. As of March 2016, the primary mirror (made of 18 hexagonal segments) is fully assembled, and the secondary and tertiary mirrors are also in place. Over the coming months the instrument module will be installed behind the mirror, and the telescope will undergo testing. We expect the telescope to be at Goddard approximately until the end of the calendar year 2016. After that it travels to NASA Johnson to undergo cryogenic testing. You can read about upcoming milestones on our "What's Next" page.
(Please note that Webbcam 2 is currently slightly out of focus due to the sensitivity of the relatively close-up camera view of the telescope. The Webbcams will be repositioned once the action moves back to the assembly stand. We wanted to give the best views of the telescope that we are currently able.)
About the Spacecraft Components
To learn more about the various components of the Webb Telescope, see the Observatory page as well as our interactive 3d spacecraft model (new window) (requires flash).
You are looking at the largest clean room of its class in the world; it is located at NASA Goddard.These WebbCam views take you live into the NASA clean room where the Webb Telescope is being integrated and tested. Explore NASA Goddard's Cleanroom (new window).
Those who work in the cleanroom must dress in the outfits you see them in on the webcam (known unofficially as "bunny suits"). This is to ensure that any particles or contaminants on their persons are contained, in order to keep the room as clean as possible. The process of getting suited up is not trivial and the cleanroom workers often spend very long hours in the cleanroom without an easy way to leave for breaks. We on the project are very appreciative of the hard work they put into building and testing the hardware in such a challenging work environment.
Webb-cam Time-Lapse Movies
Be sure to check out our selection of time-lapse movies that compress hours and even days of Webb-cam footage into a few minutes.
The image is updated once per minute. The webcam pages and widgets update at the same rate to keep the latest image on screen. You can view the webcam on our Home page or on our webcam page at various sizes up to 1920px wide.
(There is always the possibility that the webcam may not function properly. Please bear with us if that is the case.)