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New space telescope completes deployment of protective sun shield

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The US Space Agency NASA said the post-launch deployment of the new James Webb telescope, the most advanced ever built, successfully passed a “key milestone.” NASA said the telescope’s sun shade, which is about the size of a tennis court, has been completely stretched out. This marks the completion of one of the most complicated procedures as the telescope prepares to begin scanning the universe. “This is the first time anyone has ever attempted to put a telescope this large into space,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headq…

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