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NASA says the James Webb Space Telescope is 'perfectly aligned'

NASA says the James Webb Space Telescope is ‘perfectly aligned’

All four science instruments on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have achieved “perfect alignment” ahead of their official debut this summer, project officials said in a news conference call Monday (May 9).

“I am pleased to report that the telescope alignment was completed with a better performance than we expected,” Michael McElwain, James Webb Space Telescope said a project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, according to CBS News. “We’ve basically come up with a perfect telescope alignment. There is no modification to the telescope’s optics that would materially improve our science performance.”