Canada's Contribution to the Webb Telescope

Canada's contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope Arrives at NASA

July 30, 2012 – The Canadian Space Agency's Fine Guidance Sensor/Near InfraRed Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (FGS/NIRISS) has arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. The FGS/NIRISS is the second instrument to arrive at NASA Goddard that will fly aboard the James Webb Space Telescope.

The Fine Guidance Sensor will enable the telescope to accurately and precisely point at the correct, intended objects for it to observe.

In this photo, technicians at NASA Goddard are meticulously removing the first half of FGS's clamshell shipping case as managing engineers and safety personnel stand by. Just below the lid, the gold tone of the instrument is visible through the multiple layers of contamination bagging which will be removed later. (Photo: NASA/Chris Gunn)