I finally got around to finishing my mirror etching of the James Webb Space Telescope! It’s made in exactly the same way as my Moon Mirrors. If you’ve never heard of JWST, that’s probably because it isn’t in space yet, despite its original launch date being sometime in 2007. If I’m being honest, I’m really not a fan of JWST due to the amount of time and money we’ve put into it, only to still have it on the ground. That being said, I’m also not an astronomer so I really don’t have a full grasp of whether or not it is really scientifically worth it all.
Regardless, the reason I made this mirror is because I love hexagons. I think they are a superior shape. I mean, really, I like all shapes that tessellate. But hexagons are my favorite, and hexagons that can also do science are pretty neat. See a picture of JWST (below) being put together in a giant clean room at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
[Image Credit for JWST photo to NASA/Goddard]