Telescope aims to transform our understanding of the universe

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Ball Aerospace Webb Space Telescope
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Ball Aerospace designed the mirror system on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope which is capable of detecting light from the first stars and galaxies that formed the universe.

NASA says its new telescope is one of the most ambitious and complex missions it's ever attempted. The James Webb Space Telescope cost $10 billion and could transform our knowledge of the universe. A rocket is expected to launch the telescope next week and its optical system was built in Colorado by Ball Aerospace. Ball also helped repair Webb's predecessor, the Hubble telescope. We speak with Makenzie Lystrup, who is General Manager of Civil Space at Ball.