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How Hardy Is Webb? A Q&a About the Toughness of Nasa's Webb Telescope

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James Webb Space Telescope

Engineers pose by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope shortly after it emerged from Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston on Dec. 1, 2017.

Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

Just how resilient does a space telescope have to be to survive both Earth's environment and the frigid, airless environment of space?

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