James Webb Space Telescope Wings It

17:34 minutes

The James Webb Space Telescope will succeed Hubble in 2018, boasting modern computers and a mirror with seven times the viewing area. Bob Hellekson, ATK Program Manager for the telescope, discusses its newly constructed wings, designed to support the telescope’s folding mirror, and astrophysicist Stacy Palen talks about what the telescope may reveal about the cosmos.


NPR’s continuing live coverage of events in Boston preempted the April 19th broadcast of Science Friday. The recorded April 19th program aired April 26th.

Segment Guests

Bob Hellekson

Bob Hellekson is ATK Program Manager at NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the ATK Aerospace Group in Magna, Utah.

Stacy Palen

Stacy Palen is director of the Ott Planetarium and a physics professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.