University of Delaware graduate Elaine Stewart worked with the contamination engineering team on the James Webb Space Telescope. The team has worked to ensure no particles, oils or molecules interfere with the proper operation of the telescope.
Elaine Stewart started working with the James Webb Space Telescope project as an intern when she was a sophomore at the University of Delaware. Here, she is standing outside the cleanroom where the telescope’s mirrors were housed during work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
In May 2021, the Webb telescope was having its sunshield packed up and prepped for launch, and the final test fold of the mirror wings was also taking place at the Northrop Gruman facility in California.
The James Webb Space Telescope in the process of being packed up at the Northrop Grumman facility in California for shipment to its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.