Image: NASA's Webb Telescope clean room 'transporter'

Image: NASA's Webb Telescope clean room 'transporter'
Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

What looks like a teleporter from science fiction being draped over NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, is actually a "clean tent."

The clean tent protects Webb from dust and dirt when engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland transport the next generation space telescope out of the relatively dust-free cleanroom and into the shirtsleeve environment of the vibration and acoustics testing areas.

In two years, a rocket will be the transporter that carries the Webb into so it can orbit one million miles from Earth and peer back over 13.5 billion years to see the first stars and galaxies forming out of the darkness of the .

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