Before Orbit in 2014, James Webb Space Telescope Makes a Stop in Manhattan

A 1:1 scale replica that is, set up this week in Battery Park City for the World Science Festival
The JWST display model, which was built entirely for promotional purposes, has traveled from the Paris Air Show to Ireland to events and public spaces across the US, Atkinson says. John Mahoney

When it becomes the successor to the illustrious Hubble later this decade, the James Webb Space Telescope’s infrared eye will peer further into the edges of space (and time) than any telescope before it. But while the real thing is undergoing final construction at Northrop Grumman HQ, an exact 1:1 scale model has been touring the world, giving us a chance to get close to a realistic representation of an unconventional-looking spacecraft that will soon be the source of the most amazing images of the cosmos we’ve every seen.

We paid a visit to the JWST in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park city. Take a look at our photo gallery to see more:

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