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I was quite intrigued by Lagrange Points when I first heard about them: 5 places in space where gravity from the Sun and Earth balance out, allowing a satellite to park.
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Pucker factor indeed! It'll last, at least, until it enters L2 safely. There will be no servicing missions - at least manned - maybe an AI drone?!

Fingers crossed for a successful mission.

I sure have been jealous of "Jason"s recently! I like your tag line: "I consume RocketPoxy faster than E9's consume rockets." 🤣
 

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Jason if you can please tell us what your involvement is. And best wishes!
 

KennB

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I’m a System Engineer, focusing primarily on the spacecraft and the sunshield.
My company has some actuators on the JWST. Got a peek at a bit of it in the high bay (from the enclosed balcony) while at NG a couple of years back. Glad it's finally going to be on its way.
 

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Pucker factor indeed after two recent Vega rocket failures.
 

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Very, very cool! Here's hoping for a perfect trip to L2 and perfect deployment - not much recourse if things go sideways... boy, those mirrors, the perfection of that polish is unreal.
 

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They have a sample mirror at NASA GSFC in the visitor center if you are in the area. Very nice. Isogrid backing for weight loss as well. I visited there a couple of years back.
We had one of those mirrors in the lobby of the building I worked at. The mirror faced the entry door to the building. At the time, I was coming in to work very early - while it was still dark outside - and I was half awake. The way the mirror is constructed, if you position yourself in the right place, it can look like it's projecting a reflection in front of the mirror. I walked in and saw a black dot about face height and instinctively ducked to avoid the spider that had dropped from the ceiling right in front of my face. I don't know if that happened to anyone else, but it happened twice to me.
 
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